An Holistic Approach to Male Infertility
Male infertility may be caused by low sperm count, weak sperm motility(movement), abnormal sperm morphology (shape) and poor semen quality. Healthy sperm also reduce the risk of miscarriage.
There are several lifestyle changes that may improve the quantity and quality of sperm.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, these are high in antioxidants. Seminal fluid contains high levels of antioxidants which protect the developing sperm.
Include ‘good fats’ such as olive oil and butter (no hydrogenated oil). Add walnuts, fish, flax seed and a good fish oil supplement — these are high in omega-3 fats which are important for fertility.
Add whole grains; brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats and quinoa. Also plenty of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, lentils and beans. The fiber in this food helps your body eliminate toxins.
Reduce consumption of sugar, processed grains, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.
Exercise, yoga and meditation all reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. Techniques such as controlled breathing and mindfulness can alleviate immediate stress and can be used throughout the day, even at work.
Visualization, communication and support
Infertility may cause feelings of sadness, isolation and failure. Feelings of shame and embarrassment stop people communicating and cause increasingly negative thoughts. It’s important to continue to enjoy life and remain mentally stable. Visualization, meditation and support from family, friends and peers may contribute to a more positive outlook and increase mental and physical stamina.
Acupuncture, massage therapy and herbalists may be helpful. Each person is different and the right holistic treatment may address their specific needs.
In her book ‘Inconceivable’ author Julia Indichova describes her reaction to her diagnosis of infertility. She researched holistic, alternative therapies, improved her diet and adopted a healthier lifestyle. Over time these changes facilitated her successful pregnancy. The message of the book is one of personal change and empowerment.