Sexual health expert and couples’ therapist Dr. Laura Berman explains groundbreaking new study
Research shows that the number of men suffering from low sperm count and poor sperm motility has increased in recent years. In fact, it is estimated that sperm counts in developed nations have dropped by about 50 percent in the last few decades.
And now, new research shows that poor sperm count can actually be an indicator of larger health issues. A study led by The Endocrine Society and published in ScienceDaily has found that a man’s sperm count can be used as a marker to determine his overall health, and that men with lower sperm count have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, says Dr. Laura Berman, sex and relationship educator and therapist, New York Timesbest-selling author, and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.
“Men with low sperm count were found to not only have a large body mass index, but also to have more ‘bad’ cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and low testosterone,” says Dr. Berman. “This connects with what I and other sexual health experts have been saying for years: There is a strong connection between sexual health and overall physical health, even as it relates to a person’s longevity.”
Dr. Berman says the good news is that men can increase their sperm count with simple techniques like getting more exercise, taking zinc tablets, getting more Vitamin D and trying stress-reduction modalities like yoga and meditation.
The sex therapist also says that men who suffer from reduced sperm count and motility need to make sure that they are making the most of intimacy by using the correct lubrication.
“When it comes to making babies, not all lubricants are created equal,” explains Dr. Berman. “ToConceive has an FDA-cleared formula and is recommended for fertility enhancement.”
ToConceive was created by ob-gyns in conjunction with Callitas Health Inc.
“This ground-breaking product is going to change the way that couples approach their fertility journey,” says Dr. Berman. “As more men than ever are suffering from sperm count issues, we need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect and enhance fertility.”