We often see and hear that even after many years of marriage a person has not produced a child and it is surprising when all the blame is put on the woman’s head. Whereas in most of the cases, its fault is due to lack of sperm count or poor quality of sperms in the male. According to a study, 90% of male fertility problems are due to low sperm count. After all, what are these and what is the meaning of their lack? So lets know about the sperm and some home remedies to increase sperm count.
What Are Sperm?
the word Sperm is derived from the Greek word sperma which means ‘seed’ and seed refers to the reproductive cells of the male. According to experts, a distinction has been made between several types of sexual reproduction, such as anisogamy and oogamy. In which the gametes of small size are called ‘male’ or sperm cells. According to experts, sperm is produced in the testes and it takes 72 days to mature.
What is the Meaning of Sperm Count?
At the time of sexual activity, the release of less sperm than normal in the semen coming out of the “organ” of the male is called sperm deficiency. A healthy male body produces 1,500 sperm per second. If a man has less than 1.5 crore sperm per millilitre of semen, then this number is considered less than normal.
Tests are also available to know the sperm count. Low sperm count is called oligospermia and complete absence of sperm is called azoospermia. Would like to clarify here that even if the sperm count is not low but the sperm is weak, that is, the sperm is not healthy, even then the male is not able to reproduce.
Symptoms of Low Sperm Count.
Although there are no obvious symptoms of sperm deficiency, but some of the following problems can be symptoms;
- The main problem due to low sperm count or unhealthy sperm is a man cannot conceive a woman.
- Erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of low sperm count, but it is not necessarily the case.
- Pain, swelling or a lump in the testes area.
- Enlarged veins of the testes or any other condition that obstructs the passage of sperms.
- Problems with chromosomes or hormones.
- Less than normal hair on the face or body.
Cause to Low Sperm Count.
There are many points of view for the reasons of low sperm count such as medical, environmental and related to health and lifestyle. Before knowing the reasons related to low sperm count, we must understand that the formation of sperm is a very complex process. It is very important for the smooth functioning of all the parts related to the construction. So now we know the reasons for the lack of sperm;
Along with testes, glands called hypothalamus and pituitary, which are organs present in the brain, produce hormones that increase sperm production. Sperm, after being produced in the testes, remain in the thin tube until they are expelled from the “male organ” along with semen. If even one of these organs does not work properly, then there will be obstruction in sperm production.
- Varicocele i.e. swelling in the veins of the testes is also a common reason for not producing sperms.
- Sexual infection or urinary tract infection.
- Cells produced by the immune system called “anti-sperm antibodies” try to eliminate sperms by considering them harmful to the body.
- Ejaculation problem can also cause difference in sperm count. Means if someone feels any problem in semen ejaculation.
- Lack of balance in hormones.
- Reaction to specific drugs – Testosterone replacement therapy, cancer treatment (chemotherapy) or other types of drugs can result in low or no sperm production.
- Effects of metals, gases – exposure to harmful heavy metals such as lead or gases.
- Effect of radiation X-ray etc.
- Heating up of the testicles – Too much, riding a horse or riding a bicycle for a long time or with a bad seat, the testicles become very hot, which has a bad effect on the sperms.
- Use of excessive drugs.
- Alcohol addiction.
- Being stressed.
- Lack of nutrients in food.
Home Remedies to Increase Sperm Count.
After knowing the symptoms and causes of low sperm count, now let us tell you the following home remedies to increase sperm count;
1. Castor and Honey.
The combination of castor and honey is the best home remedy to increase sperm count. Make powder by drying and grinding castor leaves. Mix half a teaspoon of castor powder in two teaspoons of honey and eat it twice a day on an empty stomach. Sperm will multiply very fast. Semen will also be thickened by this.
They are rich in Vitamin-C, A and B-1 which increase the ability of sperm production. In addition, bananas contain an enzyme called bromelain, which increases libido and activates and regulates sex hormones.
It is rich in iron as well as it is full of antioxidant properties and nutrients. These properties remove free-radicals and provide essential nutrients for the production of new sperms. Drink pomegranate juice about three hours before sleeping. Blood circulation remains correct with pomegranate juice.
It also improves the level of testosterone and quality of sperm by improving sperm cells and increases interest in sexual desire. Pomegranate juice works to increase the nitrite oxide level in the body. As a result, blood circulation increases.
This seeds are very useful in increasing the sperm count and improving its quality. Include fenugreek seeds and fenugreek containing products in your diet.
5. Vitamin-D and Calcium.
According to a 2019 study, adequate amounts of vitamin-D and calcium make sperm levels good.(1) Calcium deficiency can cause a decrease in sperm count. Therefore, food containing vitamin-D and calcium should be taken.
Consumption of Ashwagandha is useful in increasing the sperm count. Anyway, Ashwagandha is very beneficial in sexual problems.
7. Milk and Grapes.
In 200 ml of buffalo milk mix the juice of black grapes and drink it twice a day will definitely benefit. This will make quality sperms, work power and capacity will also increase.
Eating walnuts daily will increase the sperm count. The omega-3 fatty acids present in walnuts increase sperm count and also increase blood flow.
Soak four to five almonds in water overnight, peel them off in the morning, grind them and boil them in milk. Then mix one spoon of desi ghee and sugar candy and drink it.
10. Almonds, Cardamom and Mace.
Take four to five almonds soaked in water overnight and grind them to make a paste in the morning, then mix one gram of cardamom seeds, one gram of mace and 10 grams of sugar candy and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
Its juice has been found to be helpful in male infertility. Vitamin-C present in it is also beneficial for this. Include tomatoes in your diet.
12. Pumpkin Seed Oil.
This seed oil can be used with pasta or salads. Antioxidants like vitamin A and tannin present in it help in increasing the sperm count.
13. Pumpkin Seeds.
This seeds increase the secretion of a hormone called testosterone in the body which is necessary for sexual arousal and also increase the sperm count. These seeds also contain omega 3 fatty acids which increase blood circulation in the male “organ”. Therefore, eat a handful of pumpkin seeds daily.
14. Kaunch Seed.
Sperm count can also be increased by consuming Kaunch seeds or Kaunch seeds powder.
15. Zinc Supplements.
Include foods that are rich in zinc in your diet like legumes, nuts, sea-food etc.
16. Nigella oil.
According to a research published on the website of NCBI, male infertility Kalonji oil acts like a herbal medicine. Consuming 5 ml of fennel oil daily can improve the semen quality of men.(2)
17. Green Tea.
The antioxidants present in green tea protect the sperm cells from destruction and increase the quality as well as motility of the sperms.
It is rich in Vitamin-A. Deficiency of Vitamin-A leads to decrease in sperm count. This deficiency will be fulfilled by the consumption of broccoli.
It is a great option. Folic acid is found in spinach, which helps in the formation of healthy sperms. Along with the excess of sperms, it is also necessary for them to be healthy.
It naturally produces a compound called allicin, which stimulates sexual desire and selenium, which improves sperm motility. Must eat two buds of garlic daily.
Consuming two eggs daily will be of great benefit as eggs are rich in protein and Vitamin-E which fight free radicals that reduce fertility. These help in the formation of healthy sperms and increase the sperm count.
22. Dark Chocolate. ‘
This type of chocolate is a very good option to increase sperm count. The darker the chocolate, the greater the benefits. But remember, eating too much chocolate will cause harm instead of benefit. That’s why just one piece of dark chocolate is enough for the whole day. The antioxidants present in dark chocolate remove free radicals. The amino acids found in dark chocolates double the sperm count as well as thicken the semen.
While there are many medical treatments available for low sperm count, trying natural home remedies at home can also be effective. Incorporating a healthy diet, regular exercise and reducing stress can improve overall health and increase sperm count. Additionally, supplements such as zinc, folic acid and vitamin C can boost sperm production. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new remedies or supplements. With dedication and patience, it is possible to improve sperm count naturally and increase the chances of conception.
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- Vitamin D and Male Fertility: An Updated Review; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7076312/
- Effects of Nigella sativa L. seed oil on abnormal semen quality in infertile men: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24680621/