DNA fragmentation could be the cause of a high level of infertility, and has been linked to early miscarriages. So what can you do? Dr Gillian Lockwood, Medical Director of Midland Fertility, takes us through it.
Andrew Sanderson tells us about his and Olivia's fertility journey. You will be redirected to Manuava Fertility.
If your manhood is no longer rising to the occasion, medical and psychological reasons could be causing its lack of vitality. But if you still get morning erections or erections for masturbation, it’s likely that you have psychogenic erectile dysfunction. No, this doesn’t mean that you have some deep-seated psychological issue or that you are imagining that your most prized asset doesn’t work. What it does mean is that there isn’t a medical cause for your lacklustre performance in the bedroom department. Generally speaking, psychogenic erectile dysfunction is caused by depression, stress or relationship distress. The most common causes are [...]
Once sperm reach the relative safety of the Fallopian tubes, their journey to the egg is nearly over. However, success at this stage will rely on precision timing and the abilities of sperm to detect subtle cues and signals from the woman’s body and the egg. Their job is not quite done. It is interesting to think about how many sperm actually get this far. Of the many millions that a man might ejaculate into his partner’s vagina, perhaps only 50 sperm will actually cross the threshold into the Fallopian tubes. This may seem very wasteful, but those sperm that [...]
For a sperm to fertilise an egg, they have to travel a distance of about 10 or 12 centimetres from the vagina to half way along one of the woman's Fallopian tubes. We have all seen films and cartoons of sperm madly swimming to get there in some kind of race, but is it really like that? For those sperm that are able to get through the thick mucus of the cervix (see Part one of The Great Sperm Race), their next challenge is to navigate through the woman's womb and find the opening to one of her Fallopian tubes. [...]
Have you ever wondered why men need to produce so many sperm? Women typically release only one egg per month, but when men ejaculate many millions of sperm are unleashed. If a man produces too few sperm, then his risk of infertility increases markedly. To understand why, we need to take a closer look at the journey sperm have to make inside a woman's body and the many pitfalls and hazards they will encounter along the way. The journey begins with ejaculation. At the climax of intercourse, sperm are deposited high in the vagina, close to the cervix and the [...]
You may have heard from many sources that you should quit smoking if you’re trying to conceive. Is there any scientific background behind this claim and how does tobacco affect fertility? Dozens of studies have been published exploring the effect of tobacco on sperm quality, male and female fertility. This amount of data allows us to get a good insight in how smoking can affect our ability to conceive and whether this effect is limited only to men. What do cigarettes contain? Once a cigarette is lit, it generates over 4000 compounds through complex chemical processes. The major substances that [...]
Since Androferti is specially designed for couples trying to conceive, on our social networks we reach out to couples who are seeking some help on their TTC journey. One couple we'd like to introduce you to are Nic and Tom who are preparing for their IVF treatment. We offered Nic and Tom some samples of Androferti, hoping that our product can give them the best chance of conceiving. Here are Tom's first thoughts about Androferti: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lTdJpH8_c It is important to note that sperm requires 74 days in order to mature, and at least 20 days after this to become mature [...]
Two interesting studies have appeared last year, both examining the effect fruit and vegetables have on sperm quality. The first study was performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital between April 2007 and June 2012. This study examined how high intake of fruit and vegetables affects sperm quality. Over 150 men were questioned about how often they eat different kinds of food and the fruits and vegetables present in their nutrition were classified according to their pesticide residue levels. After each participant’s pesticide residue level was calculated, the researchers came to some interesting discoveries. The total intake of fruit and vegetables [...]
For decades scientists believed that animals need to make a sacrifice in order to reproduce – they can either choose fertility and to have offspring, or they could have a long and happy life. Not an easy choice, is it? However, a new study that was done in Australia suggests otherwise. The article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA claims that it could be possible that mammals live longer and increase their fertility by simply manipulating their nutrition. Researchers have been observing over 800 mice that were on diets with varying amounts of [...]