Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for male infertility disorders (impotence)

Male infertility
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - MALE INFERTILITY

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for male infertility (impotence)

General description & overview of male infertility (impotence)


Some 15 to 20 percent of couples are still trying to conceive a baby after a year of unprotected intercourse. While many people put most of the blame on women, statistics show that this is a shared problem with male factors involved in more than 50 percent of these infertility cases.

Male infertility is any condition in which the man adversely affects the chances of initiating a pregnancy with his female partner. Most commonly, those problems arise when the man is unable to produce or deliver fully-functioning sperm. Men who are unable to impregnate a woman, after at least one year of trying, can get themselves diagnosed to find if they are infertile.

It is essential that men be assessed to pinpoint the treatable or untreatable causes of this heartbreaking health issue. Fortunately, with today's high-tech procedures and powerful drugs, a diagnosis of infertility may simply mean the road to parenthood may be challenging but not impossible.

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What occurs under normal conditions?

The male reproductive system is designed to manufacture, store and transport sperm - the microscopic genetic cells that fertilize a woman's ovum. A number of hormones, the most important of which are testosterone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), regulate that process. Like sperm, testosterone is produced in both testicles, organs suspended in a pouch-like skin sac - the scrotum - below the penis.

Sperm production begins with spermatogenesis, when immature cells grow and develop within a network of delicate ducts inside the testicles. Sperm cells (spermatozoa) are produced by a complicated process of cell division that occurs over a period of several months. Because these new sperm cannot move initially on their own, they are dependent on adjacent organs to become functional. Once formed, sperm leave the testicle and are stored in the epididymis where they fully develop.

When climax, or orgasm, occurs, sperm are carried out of the body via semen, a fluid composed of secretions from various male reproductive glands, most notably the prostate and paired seminal vesicles. They are then pushed through the vas deferens and urethra during ejaculation.

Although it may seem to be a simpler process than female fertility, male fertility also requires many conditions to be met: the ability to have and sustain an erection, having enough sperm, having enough semen to carry the sperm to the egg, and having sperm of the right shape that move in the right wayThe production and maturation of sperm require the presence of an intact genetic blueprint in addition to a favorable environment. In particular, the presence of adequate levels of the male hormone testosterone and a slightly decreased scrotal temperature are necessary. A problem meeting any of these conditions contributes to infertility. 

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Symptoms of male infertility (impotence)


The signs and symptoms of male infertility are not always obvious. Some signs of hormonal problems such as changes in hair growth or sexual function may indicate infertility.

Diagnosis


Unlike female infertility, the cause of which is often easily identified, diagnosing male factors can be difficult. The problems, however, usually fall in one of two areas - sperm production and/or delivery.


The process begins with a complete history and physical exam and is usually followed by blood work and semen analysis. They include:

  • An evaluation of medical and surgical histories including knowledge about childhood diseases (e.g., mumps), current health problems (e.g., diabetes), or even medications (e.g., anabolic steroids) that might interfere with the formation of sperm.

  • The use of alcohol, marijuana and other recreational drugs, as well as your exposure to the occupational hazards of ionizing radiation, heavy metals and pesticides. All of these factors can affect fertility

  • Any abnormalities of the penis, epididymis (a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens), vas deferens (a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct), and testicles

  • A semen analysis to assess volume, count, concentration, movement and structure of spermatozoa

  • A blood test to check for infections or hormonal problems

  • A culture of fluid from the penis to further check for infections

  • Transurethral ultrasonography, which detects ejaculatory duct obstructions, and testicular biopsies, which confirm any reproductive blockages.

  • A hormonal profile to discover the sperm-producing ability of your testicles and to rule out serious conditions. For instance, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is the pituitary hormone responsible for stimulating testicles to produce sperm. High levels may indicate that the pituitary is trying to stimulate the testicles to make sperm though they are not responding.

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Causes of male infertility (impotence)


Developing and transporting mature, healthy, functional sperm depends on a specific sequence of events occurring in the male reproductive tract. Many disturbances can occur along that path, preventing cells from maturing into sperm production or reaching the woman's fallopian tube where fertilization occurs.

Sometimes a man is born with the problems that affect his sperm. Other times problems start later in life due to illness or injury. For example, cystic fibrosis often causes infertility in men.

Like female infertility, male infertility can result from physical problems, such as testes that don’t make enough normal sperm, hormonal problems, and lifestyle or environmental factors, including (but not limited to):

Sperm disorders: Problems with the production and development of sperm are the most common problems of male infertility. Sperm may be underdeveloped, abnormally shaped (if the shape and structure of sperm is hampered, sperm may not be able to reach the egg) or unable to move properly. Or, normal sperm may be produced in abnormally low numbers (oligospermia - 10 million or less sperm per milliliter of semen) or seemingly not at all (azoospermia).

The reasons that there may be a low sperm count or no sperm at all include one or more of the following:

  • Inflammation of the testicles

  • Swollen veins in the scrotum

  • Abnormally developed testicles

  • A preexisting genetic condition - Genetics play a central role in fertility, particularly since sperm carry half of the DNA mix to the partner's egg. Abnormalities in chromosomal numbers and structure as well as deletions on the important Y chromosome present in normal males can also impact fertility. For example, in the genetic defect Klinefelter's syndrome, a man has two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome instead of one X and one Y. This causes abnormal development of the testicles, resulting in low or absent sperm production.

  • A severe mumps infection

  • A hormone disorder - Hormones produced by the pituitary gland are responsible for stimulating the testicles to make sperm. Therefore, when levels are severely low, poor sperm development can result. If the pituitary gland, which is situated at the base of the brain, does not send the correct signals to stimulate the testes, low testosterone levels may be caused. Because of this sperm cannot be produced.

  • Blockage caused from a previous infection - Any portion of the male reproductive tract, such as the vas deferens or epididymis, can be obstructed, preventing normal transport of sperm from the testicles to the urethra, where it leaves the body during ejaculation. A number of factors, such as repeated infections, prior surgery (including vasectomy), inflammation, or development problems, can cause blocking sperm from its normal passage.

  • Varicoceles - These dilated scrotal veins are present in 16 percent of all men but are more common in infertile men - 40 percent. They impair sperm development by preventing proper drainage of blood. Varicoceles are easily discovered on physical examination since the veins feel distinctively like a ‘bag of worms’. They may also be enlarged and twisted enough to be visible in the scrotum. This is the most common correctable cause of male infertility. A varicocele is a dilated or varicose vein and when it occurs in the scrotum it may prevent normal cooling of the testicle. This leads to reduced sperm count and motility.

  • Undescended testicle or testes - Undescended testicle or testes is the term used when one or both testicles fail to descend from the abdomen into the scrotum during fetal development. Because the testicles are exposed to the higher internal body temperature, compared with the temperature in the scrotum, sperm production may be affected.

Male infertility also occurs when there are problems with ejaculation that prohibit the sperm from getting into the woman’s vagina. Ejaculation problems include any of the following:

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Retrograde ejaculation, which occurs when semen pushes backwards into the bladder instead of out the penis. This is caused by the failure of nerves and muscles in the bladder neck to close during orgasm. Retrograde ejaculation can be caused by previous surgery, medications or diseases affecting the nervous system. Signs of this condition may include cloudy urine after ejaculation and diminished or "dry" ejaculation with orgasm.

  • Erection dysfunctions - Sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction, ejaculation difficulties, low libidoor lack of sex drive can prevent a couple from conceiving.

  • A complication from radiation therapy or surgery

  • Immunologic infertility - Triggered by a man's immunologic response to his own sperm, antibodies are usually the product of injury, surgery or infection. In attacking the sperm, they prevent normal movement and function of the sperm. Although researchers do not yet understand just exactly how antibodies damage fertility, they know that these antibodies can make it more difficult for sperm to swim to the uterus and penetrate eggs.

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What increases a man's risk of infertility?

The number and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his overall health and lifestyle. Some things that may reduce sperm number and/or quality include:

  • Alcohol - Drinking large amounts of alcohol can have negative effects on the reproductive system. It is obviously detrimental to your liver and general health.

  • Drugs - Drugs such as anabolic steroids, generally used by athletes, reduce sperm production by stopping the hormones made by the pituitary gland. Other drugs such as cocaine or heroine also affect sexual performance and health.Long term use of steroids can permanently damage the testicles.

  • Environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead.

  • Smoking cigarettes - Smoking tobacco is believed to affect the quality of semen. It decreases the size and movement of these cells and damages their DNA content. Smoking also can impact the seminal fluid, ejaculated with the sperm.

  • Medicines - Certain medications can affect sperm production, function and ejaculation. Such medications are usually prescribed to treat conditions like arthritis, depression, digestive problems, infections, hypertension, and even cancer.

  • Exposure to radiation

  • Radiation treatment and chemotherapy for cancer

  • Age - A man’s fertility declines as he ages. It has been estimated that the amount of semen ejaculated and sperm motility begins to slowly decrease in men from the age of 37 years.

  • Stress

  • Exposing the testes to high temperatures, which can affect the ability of the sperm to move and to fertilize an egg.  For instance: 

    • Cryptorchism is a condition where the testes do not descend into the scrotum.  Although it does not usually affect the ability to have and sustain an erection, cryptorchism means that the testes are still inside the body cavity, which has a higher temperature than the external scrotum.

    • Tight underwear—For some men, wearing tight underwear can also increase the temperature of the testes.

    • Hot baths, saunas and spas - Men should avoid hot baths, saunas and spas because the body temperature, especially around the testes, can reduce sperm production. Sperm require a cool environment to develop.

  • Underlying medical conditions - An existing medical condition such as thyroid disease, diabetes, or Cushings syndrome may also affect fertility.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) - Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and genital herpes can affect sperm production and damage the epididymis, preventing sperm from passing from the testes to ejaculate. If you have an STD, seek immediate treatment from your health practitioner. Practice safe sex and make sure that you are tested for STD’s before planning a family.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in male infertility (impotence)


Research has shown that up to one-half of male infertility can be corrected. Treatment options depend on the severity and the cause of the infertility. There are a number of treatment options such as drug therapy, surgery and assisted reproductive therapy. While these treatments can be effective they are often costly and may also have some serious side effects.

For centuries, natural and holistic treatments have used been to treat infertility as well as overall male reproductive health. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle enough to use, without the harsh side effects of allopathic medicine.

Fertility-enhancing herbs such as Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed) promote male potency and libido, while also acting as a natural aphrodisiac and increasing sperm production. Centella Asiatica (Gotu Cola) has a wide range of beneficial effects such as ensuring an adequate supply of blood and nutrition to the male organs and also helping to strengthen erections and sexual desire. In addition, Tribulus terristis (Gokshura) is also an excellent tonic for the male reproductive system.

 

Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat weed) is a flowering plant believed to help support sexual desire and is highly regarded in China and Japan as a natural sexual stimulator, used to support male sexual and reproductive health and functioning. It is also believed to support healthy seminal emissions and encourage systemic harmony of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles. Epimedium species have long been used as powerful sexual tonics in Traditional Chinese Medicine to encourage sexual performance and support healthy testosterone production, thus promoting sexual energy and overall sexual wellbeing. In addition, recent research has investigated this herb for its potential benefits in supporting sperm production. Pharmacological and animal studies in China suggest that Epimedium supports sperm production, healthy libido and the health of the sensory nerves. It has also been shown to encourage mating behavior in animals.

 

Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) is believed by traditional Chinese herbalists to provide longevity and it was thus called the "fountain of youth" herb in China. It is well known in Ayurvedic (Indian) and African traditional medicine, and has a wide range of beneficial effects. Regular use helps to promote connective tissue strength and the walls of blood vessels, including the seminiferous tubules that manufacture sperm.

 

Tribulus terristis (Gokshura) has a long history of traditional medical use in China, India, and Greece. In ancient times it was recommended as a treatment to promote male virility and support a healthy libido in both men and women. The herb became widely known more recently in the West when medal-winning Bulgarian Olympic athletes claimed that use of tribulus had contributed to their success! Recent studies performed in Bulgaria are the most current evidence regarding tribulus. According to this research, tribulus increases levels of various hormones including testosterone, DHEA, and estrogen, and for this reason supports sexual function.

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Dietary habits recommended for male infertility (impotence)

Some points to remember include

 

Male fertility requires essential fatty acids (found in oily fish and polyunsaturated oils), vitamins A, B, C, and E, and Zinc and Selenium. These nutrients all play a role in the production if healthy sperm, particularly zinc and vitamin C. Flaxseed oil, a rich source of essential fatty acids, can help to keep sperm healthy. Even if it doesn’t boost your fertility, it will work to lower your cholesterol and help to protect you against heart disease. Take a tablespoon in a day with juice, yoghurt or salad dressing.

 

Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a decrease in the percentage of normal sperm. Even moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages by men is linked to an increased risk of infertility in some. Caffeine appeared to enhance alcohol’s negative effect in this study. Based on this preliminary evidence, men who wish to improve their chances of fathering a child should avoid alcohol and caffeine. Drinking too much alcohol can also interfere with the body’s uptake of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc and iron.

 

Cut down on refined foods - You should cut down on foods containing highly refined ingredients, such as white flourand sugar, because they often lack essential nutrients and take the place of more nourishing foods.

 

Vitamin C protects sperm from oxidative damage. It protects sperm by blocking the action of free radicals – rogue oxygen molecules that cause cell damage throughout the body. Supplementing vitamin C improves the quality of sperm in smokers. When sperm cluster together (a condition called agglutination), fertility is reduced. Vitamin C reduces sperm agglutination, and supplementation with 200–1,000 mg per day increased the fertility of men. Many doctors recommend 1 gram of vitamin C per day for infertile men, particularly those diagnosed with sperm agglutination.

 

Zinc deficiency leads to reduced numbers of sperm and impotence in men. The correlation between blood levels of zinc and sperm quality remains controversial. Infertile men have been reported to have lower levels of zinc in their semen and male sex glands, than do men with normal fertility. Similarly, men with normal sperm density tend to have higher amounts of zinc in their semen, than do men with low sperm counts. It seems that the mineral boosts your testosterone level, increases your sperm count and helps to give sperm a little extra oomph. For infertile men with low semen zinc levels, supplements to the tune of 240 mg per day are considered ideal. Remember, long-term zinc supplementation requires 1–2 mg of copper per day to prevent copper deficiency.

 

Arginine, an amino acid found in many foods, is needed to produce sperm. Arginine containing foods include chocolate, nuts, peanuts, cola, peas, grain cereals, cashews, beer and gelatin.


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Dos and don'ts (precautionary measures) in male infertility (impotence)

Other treatment options?

Other conventional methods used to treat male infertility include one or more of the following:

  • Taking conventional medications to help sperm production

  • Taking antibiotics to remove an infection

  • Taking hormones to help with a hormone imbalance

  • Artificial insemination may be used if the man’s sperm count is low. Sperm may be collected through more than one ejaculation. It is then manually placed in the female’s uterus or fallopian tubes to help facilitate conception.

  • In vitro fertilization is a procedure that may also be used to address male infertility factors. The sperm and egg are fertilized in a laboratory, and then the fertilized egg is placed in the female’s uterus to help facilitate implantation. If there is no sperm production or other functional problems with the sperm are present, donor sperm may be used to help facilitate conception. Donor sperm is obtained from a sperm bank and placed inside the female’s uterus or fallopian tubes through artificial insemination.

Surgical Therapies for Male Infertility

Some of these approaches include:

    • Retroperitoneal (or abdominal) approach

    • Laparoscopic varicocelectomy

    • Microsurgical varicocelectomy

    • Percutaneous embolization

    • Microsurgical vasovasostomy

    • Transurethral resection of the ejaculatory duct (TURED)

    • Vasoepididymostomy

Herbal & homeopathic cures for male infertility (impotence). Environmental exposures (e.g., formaldehyde), smoking, and use of recreational drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, hashish) may reduce sperm count or cause abnormal sperm morphology (shape).

Wear loose clothing

Nature’s way of keeping your testicles a half-degree cooler that your core body temperature is to keep them outside of your body. Just as overheating yourselves from inside can lower your chances of impregnating your partner, providing little relief from heat to your testes is another way of stopping yourself from achieving your motive. Men with low sperm counts are frequently advised to minimize lifestyle factors that may overheat the testes, such as wearing tight (e.g., “bikini-style”) underwear or frequently using spas and hot baths. Boxer shorts instead of briefs and loose trousers in place of tight denims is the call of the day.

Abstinence is the key word

Daily intercourse to achieve fatherhood is actually not at all a good idea. For the average couple, it does not matter. But for borderline cases, where infertility, per se, persists, it can decrease sperm count. It is recommended, that you abstain for two days prior to the woman’s fertile period (11-20 days from the first day of periods) to let the sperm build up, and then make love every other day.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may be helpful in the treatment of some cases of male infertility due to impairment of sperm function. Studies suggest that men with reduced sperm function find that one measure of sperm function significantly improves when treated with acupuncture (two times per week for five weeks).

Yoga

As increased stress levels are associated with not only troubles in love making but also with sperm production, some meditation is definitely the need of the hour. Yoga is an excellent solution for all round fitness, and is considered an excellent stress buster.

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