Spring – ’tis the season to make babies
Everything has an optimum season so they say – and that includes sperm apparently!
This news could be just what couples trying for a baby need to hear says lead researcher, Eliahu Levitas from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva. It could boost their chances of conception.
Scientists decided to look into the study, knowing that autumn is traditionally a time when lots of babies are born – a bumper crop so to speak. This means that many babies are conceived in winter or early spring.
The study, which looked at samples from more than 6,000 men treated for infertility, found that in semen made during the winter, sperm were greater numbers, with faster swimming speeds and fewer abnormalities. From spring onwards, there was a steady decline.
“The winter and spring semen patterns are compatible with increased fecundability and may be a plausible explanation of the peak number of deliveries during the fall,” says the study which is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The World Health Organization defines anything over 16 million sperm per milliliter of semen as a normal sperm count.
Taking into account that it takes approximately 70 days for the body to produce a sperm cell, the researchers found that men with normal sperm production had the healthiest sperm in the winter.
That compared to the approximately 68 million sperm per milliliter the men produced in the spring, of which only about 3 percent were “fast.”
Previous research has found that sperm counts around the world are falling. While no one knows why, theories range from a more sedentary lifestyle to chemicals in the environment that affect sperm health.
Here on the blog we’ve written about foods that can boost male fertility – and in particular a Californian study that praised the benefits of walnuts. Research has revealed it’s also crucial guys get plenty of Omega 3 rich foods, as well as Vitamin C and zinc.
Helpful herbs also include horny goat weed, saw palmetto and ginkgo biloba.
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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