Welcome to Conceive Please healthy sperm tips.
Do you know how important it is to have healthy sperm? If you and your partner are seriously considering having a baby, looking after the health of your sperm is important. Why? It may help to improve fertility and the chances of a natural conception. It’s not often considered that male fertility is reliant on healthy sperm quality and this all depends on how healthy sperm production is. Conceive Please is an advocate in assisting couples to optimise reproductive health.
Conceive Please SpermPlus Men Only Vitamins are a daily preconception supplement containing a combination of antioxidants, nutrients and minerals especially formulated to support healthy male fertility and sperm health, all based on scientific and medical evidence.
Sperm is made by a complex process called spermatogenesis that involves many stages, cells and hormonal mediators. They need to be healthy enough to swim through the cervix, the uterus to the fallopian tube and then be able to fertilize the ovulated egg when they arrive. You can see they do really have their work cut out for them.
So download our complimentary eBook and take the time to read our fertility tips for sperm health.
This valuable information may help prepare you and your partner for a natural conception.
Fertility Health For Men
It takes two to have a baby and a man’s sperm needs to have good numbers, the ability to swim a significant distance and then also be able to fertilise the egg for the first steps of conception to occur.
There is now good evidence that lifestyle factors and medical health in men may impact on their sperm health and fertility. These include obesity, poor diet, smoking, excess alcohol, testes exposed to constant heat, certain medical conditions and some medications.
“Looking after general health and wellbeing is important for male reproduction and sperm health”.
Tips for sperm health:
- Be a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Have a healthy diet
- Reduce alcohol volume
- Do not smoke
All will help contribute to improving general health and wellbeing and may reduce any harm to sperm health.
What is oxidative stress?
Did you know that sperm can be vulnerable to damage by OXIDATIVE Stress from daily activities?
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals formed in the testes may cause damage to sperm.
How ROS May Affect Sperm?
- The reactive oxygen species (ROS) may damage the sperm membrane which in turn may reduce the sperm motility (movement) and its ability to bind to the egg, blocking fertilisation.
- ROS may also directly damage the sperm’s genetic material DNA, leading to DNA fragmentation within the head of the sperm… all linked to reduced fertility and pregnancy chances in published studies.
What causes Excess ROS?
The excess production of the ROS in the testes can occur through exposure to lifestyle factors and environmental factors; they can also be produced by the sperm cell itself.
Poor lifestyle factors may include consuming a poor diet, obesity, smoking, drinking alcohol or using certain medications. Environmental factors can include exposure to chemicals, toxins or to excessive heat.
“Medical Research shows that looking after your health may help your sperm, and may help your fertility.”
Conceiveplease SpermPlus for Men Only Vitamins
What are Conceiveplease SpermPlus for Men Only vitamins?
ConceivepleaseTM SpermPlus for Men-Only Vitamins is a daily pre-conception supplement developed for supporting healthy male fertility.
The supplement contains a formulation of antioxidants and nutrients that all help have a protective effect on sperm quality, and play an important role in supporting sperm health; all based on published medical evidence.
They include Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, Selenium, Lycopene, Garlic, Folate and Vitamin D.
- Each tablet is rich in antioxidants and minerals to support healthy male fertility and sperm health by fighting off the free radicals.
- Our formula is based on evidence from published medical studies of antioxidant therapy use in men
(1. Showell MG, et al. Antioxidants for male subfertility. Cochrane Collaboration 2011, Issue 1. 2. Tremellan K Human Reproduction Update 2008:1-16. 3. Singh NP et al Fertil Steril 2003: 80: 1420-30)
- Supports testosterone production
- Each capsule contains the nutrient vitamin D
(Blomberg JM et al. 2011, ‘Vitamin D is positively associated with sperm motility and increases intracellular calcium in human spermatozoa’, Human Reproduction Vol 26 no 6,1307-1317)
- Each 1 month packet contains 30 easy to swallow capsules: to be taken once a day until conception. Please read the label and use only as directed
How can Antioxidants help?
- Clinical studies show that men who eat antioxidant-rich foods have improved sperm count and motility.
- Antioxidants are micronutrients that protect the body against damage caused by free radicals, which are molecules that form in the body as a result of oxidative processes, such as during metabolism and food digestion. Because oxidative processes occur constantly, it is important to consume antioxidant rich foods on a daily basis.
Antioxidants act like scavengers, removing the free radicals and ROS before they cause damage to sperm and its DNA. A large review of 34 studies reported that men who used antioxidants through a vitamin supplement had a significant increase in conception and live birth rate when compared to those not on oral antioxidants, adding to the growing evidence that they help to reduce stress and protect sperm. Antioxidants and minerals that help support sperm health include vitamins C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, lycopene, folic acid, zinc and garlic.
(Showell MG, Brown J et al. 2011, ‘Antioxidants for male subfertility’, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Vol 19 no1, Silver EW 2005, ‘Effect of antioxidant intake on sperm chromatin stability in healthy nonsmoking men’, International Journal of Andrology Vol 26 no 4, p.550-1336)
FAQ 1: Where are sperm made?
Sperm are made on a daily basis within special microscopic tubes called the Seminiferous tubules in the testes. It is a complex process called spermatogenesis and takes on average 72 days to form and mature. They are then stored within the Epididymis where they undergo further development and learn to swim. The epididymis also functions as temporary sperm storage. During ejaculation, mature sperm is released from the epididymis into the vas deferens, which transports sperm into the ejaculatory duct. This is where sperm merge with seminal fluid to form semen, which is then ejected from the body through the urethra.
FAQ 2: What is a healthy sperm sample?
A normal sperm is shaped like a tadpole with a head containing the genetic DNA in the nucleus, a body and a tail to propel it forward:
Evaluation of sperm is through a semen analysis. The semen analysis evaluates sperm by visually inspecting it through a microscope. Three main factors are important when assessing sperm.
- The quantity (numbers) of sperm;
- The motility or swimming (forward movement) of sperm;
- The shape and appearance (called morphology) of sperm.
Below is what is considered by the World Health Organisation to be a normal sample.
Table 1. Semen analysis reference values as per WHO (2010) 5th Edition
Semen Analysis Reference Values as per WHO Volume ≥ 1.5 mls Semen pH ≥ 7.2 Concentration ≥ 15 million / ml Motility ≥ 50% Motility: rapid progressive ≥ 25% Normal Morphology ≥ 4% Vitality > 58% Presence of White cells ≤ 1 million/ml Sperm Antibodies < 50% coated sperm
The laboratory will also examine the sperm for the presence of microbes This involves the direct examination under a microscope of a sperm sample, followed by its culturing on a suitable medium for growing bacteria.
FAQ 3: What is Sperm DNA Fragmentation/Why is it so important for healthy sperm?
The DNA is the sperm’s genetic material. At fertilisation this genetic sperm DNA fuses with the Egg DNA to form an embryo which hopefully will implant and develop into a baby.
DNA can be vulnerable to attack and deterioration. This deterioration of the sperm DNA is thought to be due to an excess of reactive oxygen species and free radicals increased by lifestyle factors- smoking, diet, alcohol and environmental factors -medications, toxins and testes exposed to heat.
DNA fragmentation signifies that some of the strands of DNA have been broken. If these breakages are not serious, then they can be repaired in the female egg after fertilisation. However, above a certain level/percentage of breakages, this repair process is not possible at a sufficient level to allow the embryo to develop in a normal fashion.
DNA fragmentation can be measured and is expressed as a percentage called the DNA fragmentation index DFI
A normal semen sample has less than 15% of the sperm with DNA damage. Men with poor fertility potential have greater than 30% of their sperm damaged. A DFI Between 16% and 29% is considered good to fair fertility potential but becomes poorer as it approaches 27%.
Standard DFI values:
- DFI < 15% = good quality sperm DNA
- DFI = 16 – 29 % = fair sperm DNA
- DFI > 30 % = very deteriorated sperm DNA
FAQ 4: How do I know if my sperm are ok?/ How can I check my sperm?
You will need to have your sperm checked at a fertility clinic. A sample of sperm is collected in a jar and provided to a medical laboratory. To get the most accurate test results the semen sample should be tested within one hour of collection by masturbation. The results will be discussed between you and your doctor
FAQ 5: What is Conceiveplease SpermPlus for Men Only?
Conceiveplease SpermPlus vitamins for Men Only are a box of 30 capsules of Male pre-conception vitamins for daily use over a one month period, providing nutrients and vitamins important to support testosterone and healthy sperm production.
They are a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals formulated to support men’s fertility needs by preparing their sperm for conception. Each capsule contain vitamin C and vitamin E, Lycopene, Selenium, Folate, Garlic, plus the addition of Vitamin D.
They can be taken on their own, but are also within the Conceiveplease fertility kit.
FAQ 6: What is the evidence for men taking Antioxidants?
Clinical Trials on Antioxidants for men:
Background: An excess level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) also called Oxidative stress may cause sperm cell damage. These ROS are thought to cause fertility problems in two ways
- Causing damage to the sperm membrane affecting sperm motility and the ability of;
- Causing alterations to the DNA within the head of the sperm.
In Conceiveplease SpermPlus We have added Vitamin D to the formulation, as there is new evidence to suggest it may help male hormones and fertility.
Multiple trials with antioxidant supplements have been performed, mainly on men where couples have had an unexplained reason for their sub-fertility or where there were mild sperm related problems such as low sperm morphology. And results showed an improvement in the sperm motility (how fast they swim) and sperm numbers after 6 months of use.
a. Antioxidants for male subfertility. Cochrane Collaboration 2011, Issue 1. 2. Tremellan K Human Reproduction Update 2008:1-16. 3. Singh NP et al Fertil Steril 2003: 80: 1420-30)
Studies from the University of Copenhagen Denmark have found that there is an association between higher vitamin D levels and male sex hormone levels, and higher sperm motility.
(Vitamin D is positively associated with sperm motility and increases intracellular calcium in human spermatozoa. M. Blomberg Jensen et al. Human Reproduction 2011, 26 (6): 1307-1317, Vitamin D and Fertility: a systematic review. E. Lerchbaun, B. Obermay-Pietsh. European Journal of Endocrinology)
FAQ 7: What is in Conceiveplease SpermPlus for Men Only vitamins?
Active Ingredients Label Claim per tablet Vitamin C- ascorbic acid 125 mg Zinc (from zinc oxide) 30 mg Natural vitamin E ( d- alpha-Tocopherol) 400 IU Folic acid 500mcg Lycopene 5mg Garlic oil 330mcg Selenium ( from Selenomethionine) 75mcg CHOLECALCIFEROL (Vitamin D3) 500IU CALCIUM ( as Carbonate) 125mg
FAQ 8: How do I take Conceiveplease SpermPlus?
Take one capsule a day. Sperm takes about 72 days to be made; therefore it is recommended to start 3 months prior to conception.
Please read the label and use as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Consult your doctor before use