How reflexology can help male fertility?
By Barbara Scott
The greater majority of men have little idea of how their reproductive system functions and even what the component parts may be. I was reading an article just today that in a survey carried out by the charity Prostate Cancer UK of 1,900 men, 17% did not know that they had a prostate, 54% did not know where it was and 92% (yes 92%!) had no idea of its functions and responsibilities.
I would also like to say that it is not just men who are ignorant of how their reproductive systems work, most women who come to see us as practitioners are equally badly informed. And this lack of information lies in the fact that we are not educating our young people well enough about their fertility and reproductive systems.
So, to return to the issue of what is the prostate. It plays a key role in male reproductive health and also that of the urinary tract. It is a small gland approximately the size of a walnut, and works like a valve either allowing urine or seminal fluid to pass through the urethra. It is also responsible for producing 90% of the seminal fluid that supports and nourishes sperm.
It is one of the key issues when addressing issues with male fertility, as an enlarged or diseased prostate will cause damage to sperm.
Making sure that your sperm are well-formed, swimming well and that there are plenty of them will make it easier for you to conceive naturally.
Reflexology is an excellent form of treatment for supporting not only the prostate, but the other component parts of the male reproductive system, including the testes, epididymis and vas deferens. And can be used to improve the quality and quantity of sperm produced.
There is also much that can be done by making a few alterations to diet and lifestyle that will improve sperm production, motility (ability to swim) and morphology (formation). Research has shown that the following recommendations can make a real difference in improving male fertility and we certainly encourage our male clients to try and incorporate them.
- Reduce alcohol to no more than 4 units a week, not beer, preferably red wine.
- Eliminate Caffeine. Remember this is in tea, coffee, chocolate, fizzy drinks.
- Increase vegetable and fruit intake to 5 portions a day, preferably organic.
- Reduce intake of red meat, increase intake of fish and poultry, again organic where possible.
- Wear loose fitting trousers and underpants to keep the testicles cool. They should be 2 degrees cooler than body temperature. Sperm don’t like heat, it can cause morphology issues.
- No intensive muscle building exercise, as testosterone can be diverted to muscle building rather than sperm production, and you could end up with a lowered count.
- Absolutely no smoking or drug taking! I am afraid both of these have a very damaging effect upon sperm.
This is not forever, it is just whilst you are trying to conceive.
All that you ingest or are exposed to can effect not only the sperm production and formation, but also the DNA. Poor sperm DNA can lead to conception difficulties and repeated miscarriage.