Poor Sperm Health: Root Causes

Poor Sperm Health: Root Causes

Men’s sperm counts are declining at an unprecedented rate. What is considered “normal” on a semen analysis today would have been considered “infertility” 50 years ago.

Do you know what could be causing your low sperm count and poor morphology? Understanding the root causes of these issues is crucial to improving your fertility.

Some common factors that can contribute to low sperm count and poor morphology include:

👉 Environmental toxins: Toxic chemicals & endocrine disruptors like pesticides, heavy metals, and phthalates can all affect male reproductive health, leading to lower sperm count, poor sperm morphology, and even DNA damage.

👉 Hormonal imbalances: Testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) all play important roles in sperm production. If these hormones are out of balance, it can lead to decreased sperm count and abnormal morphology.

👉 Varicoceles: This is a condition where the veins in the scrotum become enlarged, leading to heat buildup that can harm sperm production.

👉 Infections: Certain infections, such as mycoplasma, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, can damage the reproductive system and lower sperm count.

👉 Lifestyle factors: excess cellphone & wifi radiation, smoking (marijuana & tobacco), excessive alcohol consumption, and drug use can all have negative impacts on sperm count and morphology.

👉 Genetic factors: In some cases, genetic abnormalities can cause low sperm count and poor morphology.

The good news is that men get a whole new batch of sperm every three months, so once the root cause is addressed, you should see improvement.

If you’re struggling with infertility or simply want to improve your chances of having a baby, I can help.

Here’s a very informative film about declining fertility in men: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo-kSxHNSDQ

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Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in fertility and hormones. She gave birth to her one and only child at age 43, after a long struggle with infertility. She and her beautiful family live in Brooklyn, NY.

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