One of the first things I did when we received the results of Mr. E’s first semen analysis was look to see what pills he could take to “fix it.” Technically there’s probably not a pill you can take that’s going to magically make your sperm count go from 0 to 20+ million.
But I think there’s lots of supplements you can take and lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances of finding sperm at your mTESE.
One thing I wish we had done sooner is see a Naturopathic Doctor. If you can find one near you, it’s worth a trip. I wouldn’t take everything they say as gospel, but because they treat the entire body (not just the heart or reproductive organs like a specialist) they oftentimes have insight into additional issues. They might think more outside the box than an MD.
Lifestyle Changes to Consider
– See a Naturopath in addition to your MD
– Stop using your laptop on your lap (your testes are outside your body for a reason – they need to stay cooler than the rest of your body)
– Stop going in saunas for the same reason
– If you have/had a varicocele, use a jock strap when you exercise or play sports
– Stop taking testosterone (taking testosterone supplements brings spermatogenesis to a screeching halt)
– Consider a low inflammation (grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free) diet
– Eat vegetables and fruit with every meal of the day
– Sweat several times a week: whether it’s jogging, gardening, or dancing in front of the TV, sweating is a great way to remove toxins from the body.
Here is a list of supplements Mr. E takes. Some of these were suggested by doctors, some are things I found and then cleared with a doctor. He takes these amounts daily.
– CoQ10 (200mg)
– ConceptionXR (contains vitamins C, D, E, zinc, selenium, and others)
– Fish oil (OmegaVia brand, 3,000mg)
– Daily multivitamin (we like this one)
– L Carnitine Tartrate (2,000mg)
– Acetyl L Carnitine (1,000mg)
– Selenium (200mcg)
– Magnesium Citrate (400mg)
– B100 Complex
– Vitamin D (50,000 IU twice per week)
– Vitamin E (400 IU)
– Lycopene (10mg)
– Zinc (60mg)
Some notes about the supplements:
– CoQ10, studies show it helps with sperm motility and morphology
– Carnitine has been shown to improve motility
– Fish oil contains EPA and DHA. For non-fertility related health issues you want more EPA than DHA. There is a lot of DHA found in sperm. Make sure the fish oil you take has the right balance.
What supplements are you taking? Have you found anything that helps? Please share your story, ideas, and thoughts in the comments below!
As usual, I’m not a doctor. This blog is to tell you our story, give you hope for yours, and to share what we’ve learned along the way. Be sure to talk to your doctor(s) about whatever supplements you are taking or that you’re considering.