The 7 Best Natural Fertility Boosters and Herbs For Men
When we talk about improving fertility, we often focus on women. Yet around one half of fertility issues are due to a problem with the man. It is just as important to focus on ways for men to boost their fertility too.
I want to talk to you about all-natural options that will help men with all sorts of fertility-related issues – from sperm problems to sex drive.
Whether you have not started trying yet, or you have been trying unsuccessfully, these are safe, effective, and inexpensive options to help improve your conception chances. I will finish us up with some important lifestyle changes to make today.
Timing These Natural Fertility Boosters
Before I get to the list of natural male fertility boosters and herbs, it is important to talk about timing.
Sperm is not formed the same day it is released. The average sperm need between 75 and 90 days to reach full maturity. This means what men do for three months before trying to get pregnant can affect their sperm.
It is important to know this for two reasons:
- If you want to get pregnant, start making good lifestyle choices months before you start trying; it is not only women who should prepare their bodies for a pregnancy
- Give these fertility boosters some time to do their work
Let’s kick off the list with an herb many of you may have heard of before. Two of the common causes of male infertility are low sperm motility (the ability to move around and reach an egg) and low sperm count. Ginseng can help both issues.
Studies have shown that Ginseng can actually go so far as to help in all the following ways:
- Boost libido
- Improve sex performance
- Aid erectile dysfunction
- Improve sperm quality
- Improve sperm count
- Preserve ejaculated sperm
Since ginseng is an herb you can easily get it in supplement form. But you will quickly find there are choices between Asian ginseng and American ginseng. Natural Fertility Info recommends American ginseng since it is not “overstimulating to the nervous system.”
Zinc is a trace element that is extremely helpful for both male and female fertility. Even though it’s “trace” – it still makes a big difference. In fact, one study showed more infertile men have a zinc deficiency than fertile men. Zinc can improve testosterone and improve sperm.
Of course, you can take zinc in supplement form, but you can also boost your consumption with dietary zinc. Top foods include:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dark chocolate
- Sesame Seeds
3. Saw Palmetto
This next herb may not be as familiar to the average household, but it is a great choice for male fertility. Its most common use in modern medicine is to aid prostate issues. It can decrease symptoms that come from enlarged prostates or prostate infections.
On top of its ability to improve male reproductive functions, it can also help boost sex drive. This is important for many men when sex’s purpose goes from being about pleasure to being about achieving a goal.
Saw Palmetto can be found by itself or in conjunction with other herbal supplements.
Maca gets a lot of attention for helping female fertility and other reproductive organ/hormone issues. But it is just as effective for men. It can help balance male sexual hormones just as it helps balance women’s.
And to top it off, it is also effective in helping improve sperm.
One study in 2001 looked at 9 men between the ages of 24 and 44. They took Maca everyday for 4 months. At the end of the study, the men had more semen, more sperm per ejaculation, and more motile sperm.
5. Vitamin C
Many people may not realize that sperm can actually stick together in clumps. When this happens, they do not swim well and normally will not make it to an egg. The medical term for this phenomenon is “sperm agglutination.”
This can dramatically lower how many available sperm can reach an egg.
Vitamin C helps prevent this sperm clumping.
Of course, vitamin C is also a fabulous immune system booster and aid to your overall health, which is important for optimal fertility.
Like zinc, you can choose to take vitamin C in supplement form or you can up your dietary intake. Other than citrus fruits, here are some other healthy foods high in C:
- Red bell pepper
- Brussels Sprouts
Tribulus is another not-so-well-known herb that greatly helps men with fertility problems. This fruit plant from the Mediterranean has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Its benefits include:
- Improving sperm production and motility
- Aiding testosterone
- Helping with erectile dysfunction
One of the ways Tribulus helps is by improving the DHEA levels in men. This helps sex drive as well as erectile dysfunction.
7. Vitamin E & Selenium
Last up on our list of male fertility boosters is a vitamin/mineral combo.
690 infertile men between the ages of 20 and 45 were given a supplement of vitamin E and selenium for 100 days. These men had been dealing with male infertility for between one and ten years.
The results? 52.6% improvement in sperm motility or morphology, as well as 10.8% spontaneous pregnancy. While 36.6% of the subjects did not respond to treatment, the success rate definitely makes the combo worth a shot for any man dealing with infertility.
Plus there is nothing to lose – both supplements are good for your health in other ways too.
If you chose a multivitamin that has vitamin E, you should also find one that has the selenium (do not forget the vitamin C and zinc as well!).
Let’s finish off with some lifestyle decisions you can make to help improve your fertility.
- Improve Your Diet: The healthier you are, the healthier your sex drive and your sperm. Make sure your diet is filled with fresh produce, so you can get plenty of antioxidants. Avoid tobacco. Limit too many sugars and alcohol. If you want to choose some foods to improve semen/sperm, check out this short video for ideas:
- Hit The Gym: Exercise enhances fertility, but it is all about balance. Where obesity can lower sperm count, so can excessive exercise. Aim for a regular and moderate workout routine.
- Avoid Plastics (BPA): BPA is no joke. Add lower sperm mobility to the list of its negative effects. One study of 308 young men found that those with the highest amount of BPA in their urine also had the most issues with their sperm. Switch to BPA-free products or glass products. Check for BPA in canned goods, plastic wrap, soda cans, plastic and paper cups, and coffee pots. Wellness Mama offers many practical solutions for eliminating BPA exposure on her blog.
- Protect your testicle area: It is important to be aware of your testicles’ temperature when you are trying to get pregnant. Avoid sitting in a hot tub for too long, do not place your laptop directly on your lap, etc.
Joining these lifestyle changes with the all-natural male fertility boosters above can help make conception easier. If you continue to have difficulties, always consult a doctor to see if there is a problem that requires medical intervention.