This is something that I have always promoted at my clinic and why I always make sure we treat the males as well as the females. Biology 101 tells us that it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg.
Just treating the female is not practicing Reproductive medicine, that is just hormone regulation. Semen parameters can change by as much as 20% in a given month and change daily, week, monthly and yearly. Just because the sperm has been OK, weeks, months, years ago, does not mean it is OK now.
It takes up to 90 days for a sperm to fully mature and so what you have done now, like excessive drinking and eating bad foods, can affect your sperm in that 90 days later.
Plus, there is the DNA damage to the sperm that cannot be measured by normal semen analysis and then the mode of genetic inheritance of this passed onto any future child.
Genetic inheritance is something we all need to consider and fetal origins of disease
It has been well established that environmental chemicals (endocrine disrupters) are reproductive toxicants and can be associated with impaired semen quality and reproductive potential in animals and humans.
An endocrine disruptor is defined as:
“as an exogenous agent that interferes with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action or elimination of natural hormones in the body that is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis, reproduction, development and/or behavior.”
Research has shown that poor fetal nutrition to adult-onset diseases including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic dysfunction,and has formed the basis for the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm, which similarly posits a correlation between perinatal health and the eventual development of chronic diseases. Toxicologists have also identified neonatal development as a ‘critical window of exposure’, such that chemical exposures (e.g., endocrine disrupters) have been linked to adult-onset reproductive cancers and many other diseases
Taken together, these models support the extreme sensitivity of the neonatal period to environmental influences, as shown by research, the models provide an explanation for fetal origins of adult obesity risk and other disease states, including infertility.
At my clinic I do have a really great range of products for men that work. They have been tried and tested and have helped over 12,000 plus babies into the world. Like any formulas and supplements, they are also benefited by a good diet and lifestyle plan to go with it. Proper medical testing and evaluation is done prior to commencement of treatments and ongoing management.
At my clinic and as part of my fertility program, I never forget the male when helping couples have a baby. Just remember, Biology 101, tells us it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby, not just an egg.
Dr Andrew Orr
-No Stone Left Unturned