How to increase male fertility with herbs

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When confronted with infertility, many couples realize there is a chance that with medical intervention, their problems could be solved. But many times this intervention is expensive, painful and uncertain. Many couples start their quest to create a family with the minimally invasive, inexpensive alternatives which include herbs and supplements.

Vitamin supplements

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of supporting evidence for the efficacy of either supplements or herbs. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try. For men, L-carnitine has been part of a small study and shown some positive results. Some studies show an increase in sperm production and motility for men who took a combination of acetyl-L-carnitine and L-carnitine. The resulting number of pregnancies in the study was not statistically significant however. Vitamin E is another supplements which shows some promise for men. Men with low sperm counts who take vitamin E may attain a higher rate of fertility, but during this particular study there were a number of drop outs in the control group so it’s hard to know for sure. Coenzyme Q10 may improve sperm count and motility but doesn’t seem to improve chances of getting pregnant. Folic acid and zinc taken together may improve sperm count but nothing is known about its impact on subsequent pregnancy.

Herbal supplements

Herbal supplements are not generally tested in a clinical environment for their effectiveness with specific ailments. Instead, you can look to decades, maybe even centuries, of time testing and anecdotal evidence. For many men, False Unicorn is thought to help with impotence issues. Ginseng is believed to stimulate the immune system and may help with impotence. Ginseng may also help with increasing levels of testosterone, sperm count and motility. Maritime Pine Bark extract is a powerful antioxidant. It may be able to positively influence sperm count and motility. Saw Palmetto is a popular natural steroid which helps build tissue and stimulate the glands that produce sperm. It has long been taken for low libido and prostate issues.

There are a variety of herbs which many people have used to help with fertility. They include alfalfa, black haw, cayenne, cramp bark, lady’s mantle, licorice, loveage, motherwort, nettle, red clover, rehmannia, squaw vine, valerian, and white peony. These can be found as a tea or a supplement , sometimes used in combination. You could also consult an herbalist or naturopathic doctor for more information on herbs and supplements which could work to specifically address your concerns.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Baby Hopes


 
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