Guest Blog Post by Ron Thompson, MD, the creator of ToConceive
Typically thought of as a woman’s problem, infertility affects four to six million men in the United States each year. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one-third of cases of infertility occur because of problems in the man and one-third because of problems in the woman. The remaining one-third of couples dealing with infertility discovers that both the man and woman contribute to the issues.
The types of male infertility comprise an alphabet soup of unpronounceable medical conditions and terms, including azoospermia, oligospermia and spermatogenesis. Typical male infertility issues, also known as subfertility, include anti-sperm antibodies caused by an infection in the prostate, inability to ejaculate, insufficient numbers of sperm and abnormal sperm that prevents fertilization.
The leading cause of male subfertility issue is spermatogenesis, which occurs when sperm develop abnormally because of elevated temperatures in the scrotum. Normally, the sperm takes 120 days to develop in the scrotum, reaching 96 degrees. The varicocele, or varicose veins in the scrotum, keep the temperature of the testicles at 98.5, the temperature of blood, and allows the sperm to fully mature. Inadequate sperm maturation increases abnormal sperm forms, leading to a decreased chance of conception.
Caption: The varicose veins, or varicocele, help regulate the temperature of developing sperm.
In 40 percent of men, lifestyle habits and health lead to infertility, according to Conceive Online. Additionally, a recent Harvard study found that watching more than 20 hours of television a week lowers sperm counts by 44 percent and getting regular moderate to intense exercise can dramatically increase sperm counts. Changing health habits, including quitting smoking, reducing stress and avoiding heating the testicles, can help offset male subfertility issues.
Normal sperm capacitation is key to the conception process. Sperm capacitation gives the sperm the ability to swim the six to seven inches through the fallopian tubes to penetrate the ovum for fertilization and conception. Alleviating male subfertility issues through natural means like natural conception lubrications that promote in-vivo sperm capacitation helps male infertility patients correct fertility issues without male genital surgery.
Natural conception lubrication that promotes in-vivo sperm capacitation also prevents expensive, invasive procedures on the woman, including intra-uterine inseminations and in-vitro fertilization. In-vivo sperm capacitation selects out immature and abnormal sperm that lack capacitation. The process also selects out sperm coated with anti-sperm antibodies or strips off those antibodies to allow for proper capacitation. In-vivo sperm capacitation works to allow only the fittest sperm to fertilize, but can only do so with normal vaginal lubrication.
Ron Thompson, MD, the creator of ToConceive, has been attempting to help woman achieve conception, pregnancy, and motherhood for over 30 years. Dr. Thompson is also responsible for developing the Laparoscopic Gamate IntraFallopian Transfer (GIFT) procedure and holds five United States patents, including fallopian tube method of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, device for retrieval of ovum, embryo transfer arrangement, intrauterine delivery arrangement and in-vitro fertilization procedure using direct vision. ToConceive, a natural conception lubrication that enables a woman to produce her own natural conception lubrication, is based on the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for In Vitro Fertilization and Sperm Capacitation, FDA-approved and promotes sperm capacitation, the process necessary for conception. The KeyToConceive website provides helpful and new information on the conception process, common infertility issues and more.