For many couples, starting a family happens naturally without any detailed planning or intervention. Unfortunately, when trying to conceive, 15% of couples struggle and may need to seek medical advice about how to improve their chances of falling pregnant.
Did you know that of the approximate one in six couples who are infertile, almost half of these cases can be attributed to a fertility issue in men?
Male fertility is dependent on various factors, including:
- Quantity – too little sperm in an ejaculation might make it more difficult to get pregnant.
- Movement – known as motility. A man is most likely to be fertile if at least 40% of his sperm are moving.
- Structure – known as morphology. Normal sperm have oval heads and long tails, which work together to propel them. The more sperm a man has with a normal shape and structure, the more likely he is to be fertile.
Those wanting to start a family may be familiar with some of the do’s and don’ts of increasing the quality of sperm. These include maintaining a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, preventing sexually transmitted diseases, managing stress, exercising, not smoking, limiting alcohol, avoiding lubricants during sex and even keeping the scrotum cool.
How many of us know what oxidative stress is and the harmful effect this can have on sperm production?
Simply put, oxidative stress is an imbalance between oxygen-containing molecules called free radicals, which react with other molecules in your body and antioxidants, which stabilise free radicals, making them less reactive. Oxidation is a normal and necessary process that takes place, but oxidative stress occurs when there is a disparity between free radical activity and antioxidant activity.
30% to 40% of infertile men in the United States have elevated levels of what medical science calls reactive oxygen species (ROS). Oxidative stress and ROS have been associated with reduced sperm motility, concentration and morphology or structure.
Fortunately for the many men whose fertility may be affected by oxidative stress, an innovative new health supplement is now available in South Africa. SINOPOL® him contains the powerful antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and myo-inositol, a vitamin-like substance. Both have been shown to assist with the production of healthy sperm and support fertility by reducing oxidative stress, while also re-balancing testosterone and decreasing insulin resistance, yet another factor that can negatively affect sperm health .
SINOPOL® him also contains coenzyme Q10, selenium, zinc and vitamins B2, B6 and B12, all active ingredients designed to help support normal male fertility and reproductive health.
We all produce some free radicals naturally in our bodies through processes like exercise or inflammation. This is normal and part of our body’s complex way of keeping itself healthy. We are also exposed to free radicals daily in the environment from the ozone, certain pesticides and cleaners, cigarette smoke, radiation and pollution. A diet high in sugar, fat, and alcohol can also contribute to increased free radical production.
While it is impossible to completely avoid free radical exposure and oxidative stress, is it important to try and increase your levels of antioxidants and decrease the formation of these harmful free radicals. One way is to make sure that you get enough antioxidants in your diet. Eating five servings per day of a variety of fruits and vegetables is essential in providing your body with what it needs to produce antioxidants.
Adopting healthy lifestyle practices to promote fertility, and avoiding things that can damage it, may improve a couple’s chances of conceiving. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about SINOPOL® him, which is now available in the vitamin aisle at leading pharmacies. This supplement has been shown to be well tolerated and is taken as one to two sachets daily, at least an hour before meals. For optimal results, take two sachets daily, 10 hours apart.
DISCLAIMER: This editorial has been commissioned and brought to you by iNova Pharmaceuticals. Content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.