My goal is not only to help couples conceive, but to help them have the healthiest baby possible … and it ALL begins with a healthy EGG and a healthy SPERM.
Whether couples are thinking of conceiving, or they have known fertility concerns, I always recommend treating them as a couple. Men are half of the fertility equation and the healthier the sperm, the healthier the baby. Research shows that male factors contribute to 30% of all infertility issues. That being said, I do have good news! There is a good chance we can do something about it, and help you produce healthy fertile sperm to increase your chances of conceiving.
If you’ve recently had a sperm analysis and you’ve been told that something is ‘wrong’ with your sperm, you are certainly not alone! If you are feeling insecure or afraid of the idea that something may be ‘wrong’ with your sperm, don’t worry. Let’s talk about what you can do to make your sperm healthier.
If you are thinking of conceiving in the near future, be proactive and let’s set a plan in motion to make your sperm the healthiest they can be. You don’t need to wait until something is ‘wrong’ before taking action.
The Treatment timeline to MAKING GREAT SPERM
It takes approximately 116 days for your body to make new sperm, so I always ask my patients to commit to 3 months of treatment to improve future sperm quality.
Naturopathic therapies can help improve all sperm parameters, including motility, morphology and sperm count.
Core therapies generally used are
- Specific food & nutritional recommendations
- Vitamin and minerals
- Herbal medicines
If you are being pro-active and wanting to improve sperm health before trying to conceive, you don’t necessarily need to do a semen analysis before starting treatment. If you have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully, it would be a good idea to do a semen analysis. This is the best way to know what needs to be improved and to what degree. It’s also a great way to monitor treatment and to determine if your sperm can be improved.
A semen analysis is often done at baseline (at the beginning of treatment) and ideally it would be repeated again after 4 months of treatment to see improvements in sperm health.
A semen analysis might feel awkward and uncomfortable for men, but the test is relatively simple and painless. Some men prefer to produce their sample at home, and this is ok as long as you can get it to the required lab within an hour of testing. It’s important to note that samples should not be provided by having intercourse as vaginal secretions will alter the sample.
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I see couples every day that are facing the very same issues that you are. You are not alone on this journey. I am here to support you and guide you along the way.
About Dr. Renée – Guelph Naturopath
In 2004, I received an undergraduate degree with honours in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and became a Nutritionist. After realizing that being a dietician was not what I was destined to become, I moved to Toronto and completed a four year doctorate program in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). I became a Naturopathic Doctor in 2008. I am a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (pedANP), and am licensed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of Ontario. I have also completed additional naturopathic courses in fertility, pre- and post-natal care, pediatrics, obstetrics and breastfeeding.
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