The sperm is the male reproductive cell, manufactured within the male testes that contain the highly specific paternal genetic information to be contributed through the process of fertilisation to the female egg cells.

It is vital for a man’s sperm to be in good shape if pregnancy is desired.

Fertile, healthy sperm are defined not just by the number of sperm (count) but also by sperm concentration by the way they move (motility) and by healthy morphology (their shape and size).

Sperm motility is determined by the percentage of sperm that are moving and their capacity to “swim.” Healthy sperm motility allows sperm to sustain vitality and propel themselves through the uterus, right up to the fallopian tube and ultimately penetrate the surface of the ovum and fertilise the egg.

The production of sperm is continuous and requires approximately 100 days to develop (74 days to form and20-30 to mature). It is most efficient at 32-34° Celsius. So, exposure to excessive heat or prolonged fever can adversely affect sperm count, motility and morphology.

Factors that can affect the sperm

  • High temperature
  • Stress
  • Very tight underwear and trousers
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Drugs:  marijuana, cocaine
  • Toxins
  • Heavy metals and pollutants
  • Radiation
  • Infections: Sexually transmitted infection, testicular mumps
  • Use of hand-free devices thereby carrying cell phones in pockets or close to the scrotal region
  • Placing of laptops on the thighs
  • Others: sitting for too long with legs crossed, cycling long distance

Infertility is the inability to conceive despite regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for one year or longer.

Male infertility, which accounts for 20-30 per cent of infertility cases, is due to low sperm production, misshapen or immobile sperm or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm; erectile dysfunction or impotence, genetic factors, illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems and lifestyle.

Not being able to conceive a child can be stressful and frustrating. A lot of causes of infertility are due to toxins in the body that have been accumulated over a long period of time. Some undigested food products can remain in the intestine for up to 200 hours instead of the normal 18 hours and produce toxins that are stored in the body for months or years.

Toxins can also be accumulated from the environment.

Over time, the toxins accumulate in major organs and tissues and begin to have negative effects. By the time a man reaches age 55, he begins to experience the andropause — an ageing phenomenon in males which is similar to the menopause in women and characterised by a decline in the level of testosterone (the male hormone).

This, in turn, can lead to mood swings, depression, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, hot flushes, and urinary problem. If these toxins are not eliminated or neutralised, they may lead to autointoxification (self-produced toxins) and organ damage.

All these symptoms can be reduced by going through a general detoxification treatment and body cleansing. The Modern Mayr Medicine is about the link between digestion, intestinal health and overall health.

According to the founder of the Mayr Diagnostic Method and Mayr Therapy, Dr. Franz Xavier Mayr, “The intestines are to man what the roots are to the plant. Only when the roots are kept in an optimal condition of nourishment and cleanliness can the plant (man) itself thrive and remain healthy”

At Martlife Detox Clinic in Lagos — the first Modern Mayr Medicine Clinic in Africa —detoxification is the core element of all treatment programmes. We offer a variety of medical therapies that will improve sperm fertility potentials, such as:

  • Electrolysis foot bath — for the removal of toxins and heavy metals from the liver, gallbladder, kidney and blood
  • Hydrotherapy — for removal of toxins via the skin
  • Hypoxicator — removes damaged mitochondria and replaces it with healthy ones. The mitochondria is the power house of every cell
  • Lymphatic massages — to improve lymphatic drainage
  • Colon irrigation
  • Sea oxygen
  • Body massages — helps increase blood supply to the organs
  • Orthomolecular supplements — which would increase sperm motility, count and morphology

In conclusion, it is possible to improve sperm health in as little as three months, if one is keen. All it takes is to focus on avoiding obstacles — whether it be smoking, drinking too much, avoiding the junk in your diet and eating the right foods. Cleaning up the body by way of detoxification is paramount.

 The supplements will certainly assist; but get the groundwork done first. If successful, one will have a blissfully happy (and hopefully pregnant!) lady and the joys of fatherhood to look cherish for a long time to come.