Man to (Wo)man: 3 Things to Know About Sperm

There are a few things you need to know about us guys when it comes to fertility.

If you’re reading this, I will assume you’re already using Kindara’s app and maybe even their bluetooth connected Wink BBT thermometer to improve conception including tracking your cycle, participating in the community for guidance and support, and taking steps to improve your overall health.

In other words, you’re doing everything you can to try to get pregnant.  

But is your male partner?

Let’s be honest: the male half of the fertility equation often gets overlooked. Most men do not have a solid understanding of the biology behind male reproduction or regular access to an expert like a urologist. And few people enjoy talking about fertility issues with their buddies over wings and beer.

While you start your journey to parenthood, here are 3 things you and your partner need to know about his sperm:

1. Male Infertility is Common.

A lot of people think fertility issues are usually on the female side.  Actually, it’s about half and half with 50% of infertility in couples attributed to male factor

And it’s becoming an even bigger problem.  Recent research has shown that men’s sperm counts have plummeted over 50% over the past 40 years to nearly epidemic levels, sparking debate over whether our entire species may be at risk.  It’s probably too early to sound the global catastrophe alarms, but experts agree that we gents have far less sperm than we used to.

Now you might say “but it only takes one sperm to get pregnant, right?”  Yes, but trying to get pregnant with one sperm is like trying to win the lottery by buying only one ticket.  More is better, and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated that your monthly chances of conception increase if he has a higher sperm count.  If a man has an optimal sperm count (which we define as greater than 55 million sperm per milliliter) there is a very small chance that he will have fertility issues.  

Unfortunately, the majority of men today have a suboptimal sperm count.

2. Sperm Provides a Window into his Overall Health.

Many men are surprised to find their sperm can be an invaluable tool to gauging their overall health. Studies have shown poor sperm quality is tied to a higher likelihood for more serious health issues in men, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  There is, also, a clear link between obesity and sperm count. Research shows obese men are 20 times more likely to have a low sperm count than men in the healthy BMI range.  Furthermore, infertile men are often at significantly higher risk for early deaths than men who have fathered children.

Why is this important?  Because now is the time for your man to start taking care of himself.  Men, and especially younger guys,  can be terrible about seeing the doctor for preventative long-term health care.  Identifying potential problems with his sperm and fertility now not only could help you get pregnant, but it could help him take control of larger health issues before they become a problem. It could, also, save his life.

3. His Sperm Count is Not Set in Stone.

The good news is small changes to his health and habits can make a big impact on his sperm count and improve your chances of getting pregnant.  Simple things like his diet, exercise, sleep quality, stress level, heat and toxin exposure can all play a big role in his body’s ability to produce and nurture sperm.  A few months of healthier living can make the difference.

That’s where Trak can help.  With Trak, men now get the tools they need to privately test, learn, and try to improve their fertility at home.  Using the Trak System, he can measure and track his sperm count without the hassle of finding a fertility clinic and get results within minutes. With the Trak: Sperm Health & Fertility mobile app, he’ll get an in-depth assessment of his fertility risk factors along with personalized tips for how to boost his sperm count.  Trak is a comprehensive, new approach to help men become dads.

I know the title said “3 things” you need to know, but since you made it this far I’m going to throw in a fourth BONUS takeaway:

He wants to help.  He wants to be supportive and engaged in your journey to parenthood. Trying to get pregnant can be difficult.  It can be stressful, emotional, and enraging as months go by without success.  It can also be tough to talk about.  Things like low sperm count are uncomfortable topics that you may have never thought about before.

But teamwork and communication are critical.  Fertility is not a his or her issue. It’s a his and her pursuit and we want to help.  With Trak and Kindara, together, you get a comprehensive toolset to help you and your partner take a healthy, data-driven, and comprehensive approach to parenthood.

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Greg Sommer is the Co-Founder and CSO at Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc.

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