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Low Sperm Count Tips

Oligospermia - Know The Mistakes You Are Making!

Dr.Bhupinder Singh Arora 89% (158ratings)
MD- Ayurveda
Sexologist, Amritsar
Oligospermia - Know The Mistakes You Are Making!

There are a few very common things that a man consumes or does every day without even realizing, that they have a tendency to reduce his fertility. These causes start from drinking and could end with something as harmless as caffeine.

Let's see which habits can cause a reduction in sperm count thereby reducing the fertility of a man.

  1. Eating processed meat harms sperm quality.
  2. Excessive usage of the laptop can also lead to a reduction in sperm count because of the heat that a laptop releases.
  3. Hormonal imbalance also causes low sperm production.
  4. If a man is underweight or overweight, this could also lead to less production of sperm. So, a man should watch his weight before thinking of extending his family.
  5. Exposure to too much heat for a prolonged time leads to a reduction in sperm count.
  6. Regular smoking also leads to a reduction in sperm count.
  7. Excessive stress also causes a reduction in sperm count.
  8. Regular and continuous exposure to chemicals like xylene, painting material and metal like lead also leads to low sperm count.
  9. Chemicals present in sunscreen lotion can harm a man's sperm count so one should be alert while using a sunscreen lotion.
  10. Sex toys also cause infertility in men because of the presence of phthalates in them.
  11. Regular intake of canned food can also contribute to low sperm count.
  12. Regular drinking habits reduce testosterone levels thereby reducing the quality and production of sperm.
  13. Excessive intake of canned food leads to intake of bisphenol A which lowers down the quality of the sperm.
  14. Excess intake of caffeine also leads to a reduction in sperm count.
  15. Lack of exercise and laziness also reduces sperm count to a great extent.

Some of the above-mentioned things can be unavoidable, but the point here is that taking everything in moderate quantity doesn't do any harm but the problem occurs when the intake is excessive, regular and beyond the limit. So, it's better to reduce the quantity and regular use of such things than letting it affect your sperm count.

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How Can You Improve The Odds Of Conceiving When The Sperm Count Is Low?

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
IVF Specialist, Delhi
How Can You Improve The Odds Of Conceiving When The Sperm Count Is Low?

Low sperm count is behind almost half of the cases of infertility in couples. It can lead to subfertility or in many cases infertility. But low sperm count does not necessarily make it impossible for a couple to have a child.

What is meant by low sperm count?

Sperm count is the number of spermatozoa present in a particular unit of semen. Low sperm count means, that the sperm count has not reached the threshold of what is considered normal and it may not be sufficient to fertilize an egg. Low sperm count also affects the spermatozoa’s ability to move (sperm motility) and their shape (sperm morphology ).

How is sperm count determined?

Doctors prescribe a test called semen analysis. A sample of the man’s semen is analyzed to establish both the quality and quantity of the sperms contained in the semen. A sperm should usually make up 5% of the semen volume. A sperm analysis can be done at any pathology laboratory.

How can you improve the odds of conceiving when the sperm count is low?

Having a low sperm count does not mean you should give up hope of ever having a child. There are many ways you can circumvent this minor glitch.

• The fluid produced by a woman’s cervix is instrumental for the survival and transportation of spermatozoa. The days of the menstrual cycle, when a woman’s body produces the best quality of cervical fluid should be reserved for sexual intercourse. This timing is crucial because the cervical fluid will help the spermatozoa to travel to the egg and fertilize it.
• It is important to engage in intercourse as frequently as possible. The more the volume of semen, the higher the number of spermatozoa.
• Many studies reveal that frequent ejaculation improves sperm motility
• Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), primarily used for infertility treatments, may help couples achieve pregnancy.
• Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a type of In-Vitro Fertilization procedure wherein a single sperm is inserted directly into the female genital tract.
Surgery performed to remove the blockage can increase the possibility of getting your partner pregnant.
In addition to these abovementioned cures, your doctor may recommend hormone-replacement therapies to correct low hormone levels that are responsible for fertilization.

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Sperms - Facts You Must Know!

Dr.Ajay Pal Singh 93% (3902ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Delhi
Sperms - Facts You Must Know!

It is to be noted that a large chunk of a child’s genetic code is carried by the male procreation cell. Some other interesting facts about the male procreation cell, the sperm, are listed below:

  1. Diet affects a man’s sperms: A man’s daily diet plays a major role in the health of his sperm. The choice of food has a big impact on sperm. For example, a publication in The Journal of Biology and Reproduction, 2011, has shown that DHA (an Omega-3 essential fatty acid found in cod liver oil and salmon) aids in improving the morphology of the sperm. Increase in DHA levels can turn a sperm with a round head into a healthy sperm with a cone-shaped head and fill it with important enzymes that aid in egg-opening. Increase in levels of DHA also helps in improving sperm mobility. Another study has shown that men who consume an excess of 3 cups of coffee per day exhibit a reduction in concentration of the sperms as well as total sperm count along with poor quality of the sperm.
  2. Health of sperm can be improved by climaxing regularly: Production of semen is reduced due to irregular ejaculation or abstinence from sex.
  3. Wireless Technology is capable of damaging sperm: Recent studies have shown that laptops using Wi-Fi to connect to the internet damages sperm via non-thermal effects. Hence, scientists suggest that men should try to avoid keeping laptops on their laps directly and should keep their cell phones in places other than the pant pockets.
  4. Extra energy for penetrating the egg: The journey of a sperm is long and vigorous; an incredible amount of energy is needed to penetrate the ova. Naturally, there is a dearth of energy when the sperm finally reaches the ova. At this time, a stream of energy is provided because of a burst of progesterone from the female. This energizes the sperm, which in turn, helps in penetration of the egg.
  5. Protection: The immune system assumes that sperms are foreign invaders because they carry only half the DNA as compared to other cells. Hence, there are special protective cells present in the testicles that create a barrier which tends to attack the sperm cells.
  6. Life span: The publication of a study in Biology of Reproduction (1984) has stated that sperm cells, in appropriate conditions, have a life span of up to 5 days within a woman’s body.
  7. Negative impact of lifestyle choices on sperms: A number of studies have shown that men having habits such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, consuming caffeine and who are obese have hampered fertility. This has a negative effect on the health of a sperm. Men who frequently consume alcohol tend to exhibit poor sperm concentration and lowered sperm mobility.
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Low Sperm Count -Can Homeopathy Help Treat It?

Dr.Irfan Ahmad 86% (19ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education
Homeopathy Doctor, Patna
Low Sperm Count -Can Homeopathy Help Treat It?

Oligospermia is a medical condition wherein the sperm concentration in the ejaculation is low. As per World Health Organisation, a low sperm count is defined as a count of less than 15 million sperms/millilitres and is associated with problems in conceiving because of a lesser count of sperms in the semen.

Azoospermia, on the other hand, is the male fertility issue when the sperm count is zero, i.e. there are no sperms in the semen. The cause of azoospermia may include the obstruction in the reproductive tract or inadequate production of spermatozoa, problems with ejaculation, Kallmann Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other genetic conditions. The diagnosis includes infertility investigation tests including hormonal evaluation, ultrasounds, analysis of urine and testicular biopsy. The procedure also includes past sexual health, sexual activities, libido, past fertility, etc.

Homeopathic treatments of Oligospermia/Azoospermia include:

  1. Acid Phos: Acid Phos is used to increase the sperm count in the persons suffering from unintentional and involuntary seminal loss, it also improves the quality of the sperms.
  2. Agnus Castus: Agnus Castus is an effective remedy for decreased sexual powers in the patient, including dysfunction in erection, relaxed, shrivelled and cold genitals. The patients also suffer from aversion towards the sexual intercourse. It also increases the sperm count.
  3. Arnica: This medicine is used to improve the sperm count when the cause of the lesser sperms is a varicocele. This is a natural remedy and cures the disease efficiently.
  4. Aurum Met: Aurum Met is used for treatment when the cause behind is a varicocele.
  5. Caladium: This is used for treating the patients with weak or reduced sexual powers, the reasons for which might include tobacco usage.
  6. Conium: This homeopathic medicine is effective to increase the sperm count caused by orchitis when testes swell and become enlarged.
  7. Hamamelis: This medicine is used to improve the sperm count when the cause of the lesser sperms is a varicocele. This is a natural remedy and cures the disease efficiently
  8. Iodum: Iodum act as a helpful medicine for treatment of hydrocele with the pain.
  9. Rhododendron: This medicine is helpful in case of severe painful and swollen testes, which becomes more painful with a slight touch.
  10. Selenium: If the patient has a history of excessive seminal loss, then Selenium is one of the effective homeopathic medicines for involuntary seminal loss during sleep, passing stools, or even urinating.
  11. Staphysagria: Staphysagria is used to treat Oligospermia caused by orchitis, varicocele, and involuntary seminal loss. It increases the quality and the quantity of the sperms in the semen and is widely used in the treatments.
  12. X-Ray: This medicine is used to treat the less sperm count which is caused by general debility.

Homeopathic treatment is the most effective treatment of Oligospermia and to treat Azoospermia, as it improves sperm count, motility, the quantity of semen, semen viscosity, the quality of sperms, erection dysfunctions, hormonal imbalances, and it has higher success rate and is safest and fastest procedure for the treatments.

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Know How Can Homeopathy Help In Dealing With Infertility!

Dr.Sebastian Joseph Niravath 86% (38ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Kochi
Know How Can Homeopathy Help In Dealing With Infertility!

Homoeopathy is a complementary system of healing that believes in ‘like cures like’. But can it cure infertility? Read on to know more about the role of homoeopathy in infertility. Homoeopathy uses the same principle of ‘like cures like’ to treat infertility as well.

In scientific terms, infertility is defined as the inability to conceive despite having regular unprotected sex for one or more than one year. The cause for infertility can be either present in the male or female partner like low sperm counts in men or poor quality of sperm and hormonal disturbances, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, fibroids etc. in women.

Homoeopathy works in infertility by - 

  1. Regulating ovulation in women
  2. Increasing sperm count and improving sperm mobility in men
  3. Removing emotional blockages
  4. Reducing stress
  5. Treating depression and anxiety

Homoeopathy is especially useful in curing infertility due to low sperm count and sperm motility. A homoeopath can identify the cause of your infertility by asking you specific questions related to your: 

  1. Age
  2. Duration of trying to conceive
  3. Nicotine, alcohol, coffee or tea consumption
  4. Genital diseases including inflammation, surgery and trauma
  5. Any other conditions you may suffer from, including hereditary conditions
  6. Any active infection in the body
  7. Exposure to toxins such as chemicals, radiation, heat or noise
  8. Stress levels

Homoeopathic remedies for infertility
If you want a sure cure for infertility, visit a reputed homoeopath who will match the right medicine with your constitution and symptoms. However, we have a list of common remedies for the condition for your information:

1. Sepia -

  • This is a very powerful uterine remedy
  • It is very useful in cases where the woman miscarries repeatedly
  • Useful in treating uterine prolapse
  • Treats late and scanty periods, irregular periods, as well as early and profuse bleeding
  • Treats irregular or absent ovulation
  • Treats low sex drive in men

2. Sabina -

  • Treats women who have recurrent miscarriages
  • Treats inflammation of ovaries and uterus after an abortion

3. Silica -

  • Boosts the immune system and improves chances of conception

4. Aurum -

  • Treats infertility caused by depression, feelings of self-hatred and worthlessness
  • Treats high blood pressure
  • Treats enlarged and prolapsed uterus

5. Phosphorus -

  • Treats infertility due to uterine polyps
  • Infertility due to anxiety and stress

6. X-Ray -

  • Treats infertility in males due to low sperm counts
  • It helps in improving the quality of sperms
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Low Sperm Count In Men - How To Overcome It?

MD Gynaecology
IVF Specialist, Kolkata
Low Sperm Count In Men - How To Overcome It?

The process of sperm production is a complex one as it involves not only the perfect functioning of the testicles or testes but also the pituitary glands and the hypothalamus which is located in the brain that triggers the sperm production by producing necessary hormones. Any damage or malfunctioning of any of these organs can significantly reduce the amount of sperm produced by a male body. In India, it is a taboo to talk about male infertility, but in reality, male infertility is on the rise in India due to low sperm production.

Causes of Low Sperm Production
Several causes can be cited for low sperm production. A few prevalent ones are indicated below:

  1. Varicocele which is a condition in which the veins through which the sperm is drained from the testicles get swollen, and thus the quantity and the quality of the sperm get affected.
  2. Any infection in the epididymis or the testicles can affect the production of the sperm. There can be some permanent damage to the testicles which causes sperm production to decrease.
  3. Due to an Autoimmune disease where antibodies mistakenly destroy the sperms in your own body thereby reducing sperm quantity.
  4. Hormonal imbalance is a common factor in male as well though it is neglected in India. The pituitary gland might not produce the hormone in the required quantity which is needed for the right amount of sperm production.
  5. Medication that you are using can interfere with the production of the sperm in your body as certain chemicals can alter the hormonal balance in your body thus affecting the sperm quantity.
  6. Rarely, a defect in chromosomes can reduce male sperm production. Known as Klinefelter’s syndrome, the male body has 2 X chromosomes instead of 1 X and 1 Y chromosome which causes abnormality in reproductive men and the organs.

Common Symptoms-
The primary symptom of low sperm count is the inability to have an offspring, but there are many other symptoms as well. It has been observed that a male with low sperm count has a little or diminishing sex drive. They might not hold an erection for long or have erectile dysfunction. There can be swelling or pain in the testicles, and you may even have a lump which is a severe case. Due to hormonal disorder, there can be a decrease in the body or facial hairs.

If you have been observing a few of the symptoms mentioned above, it is better to see a doctor on the quick note. Doctors can ask for a semen test to understand the underlying problem. There are surgical as well as medical procedures to increase the sperm count and have a better sexual life.

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Infertility - How Effective Is Homeopathy?

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Surat
Infertility - How Effective Is Homeopathy?

For most couples, having a child is their dream come true. For those who are not able to see this dream come true, the reasons could be due to issues in either the male or the female (impotence or infertility respectively). There could be multiple underlying causes of impotence and infertility including physiologic reasons and strained relationships.

As with all other conditions, homoeopathy looks at both impotence and infertility as a whole and tries to provide a remedy not just to the issue at hand, but to the problem as a whole.

Impotence: Common causes for impotence include hormonal issues, neurologic disturbances, psychological issues, and pathological causes like infections, inflammation, etc. The first step in treatment depends on identifying the underlying cause and then giving a remedy. Some of the common homoeopathy medicines are listed below, but self-medication is not advisable.

  1. In cases where emotional desire and physical ability are lacking, Agnus Castus is used effectively. In these patients, the genital organs are usually cold, flaccid, and relaxed.
  2. In people who have mental depression, Caladium is the treatment of choice. The desire is strong but the erections are very weak in these people.
  3. In men with rapid, involuntary semen discharge, Selenium is indicated
  4. In men with low sperm count, X-ray helps to improve both the quantity and quality of sperms.
  5. In men with small testes and/or prostate enlargement, Sabal Serrulata is used effectively.

Infertility: This is caused by a multitude of factors including structural abnormalities in the pelvic organs, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalances, pelvic inflammatory disease, infections like Chlamydia and gonorrhoea), blocked fallopian tubes, or thyroid disorders. The underlying reason should first be identified before treating infertility. Some of the commonly used homoeopathy medicines are listed below.

  1. In females with infertility due to acid vaginal discharges, Borax and Natrum Phos are used. Borax is used where the discharge is copious, warm, and resembles egg white. Natrum Phos is used in cases where the discharge is creamy and honey coloured and sour smelling.
  2. In women with menorrhagia or dysfunctional bleeding, Calcarea Carb is used. The periods are usually ahead of time, are too heavy, and last very long. Aletris farinose is used when the periods are heavy and early along with a history of frequent abortions.
  3. In women with irregular, scanty periods, Pulsatilla and Sepia are indicated. Pulsatilla is used when there are multiple ovarian cysts. Sepia is used in women who have a bearing down sensation of the uterus.

Of note, in both impotence and infertility, self-medication is not advised. The doctor will have a detailed discussion to find out what is right for you. For best results, involve the partner as well.
 

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Male Sexual Hormone - Signs That You Have Low Testosterone!

Dr.P K Jain 89% (27ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Lucknow
Male Sexual Hormone - Signs That You Have Low Testosterone!

Testosterone is an important hormone for men and is responsible for male sexual and reproductive health. It begins to spike during the years of puberty, helping in the development of primary and secondary sexual characters. In boys, it helps to build muscles, deepens his voice, and boosts the size of their penis and testes. It plays an important role during later years as well, by maintaining mood, libido, emotional and physical health. That's why low testosterone can cause a variety of problems in men. 

Here is a list of symptoms that will help you understand if you may have lower testosterone levels.

1. Drop in Energy: Sometimes, we all feel full of energy, but sometimes those energy levels are quite low. And then, there are occasions when we feel low on energy, you may feel that you are getting tired easily and frequently. Fatigue is one of the common effects of low testosterone. If this happens with you regularly, if you are tired all the time despite sleeping for 6-8 hours, consider getting yourself checked by a consultant.

2. Changes in Sex Life: A sudden drop in your sex drive or facing problems in erection (erectile dysfunction) can be another  common symptom of low testosterone. But you should get yourself tested for other conditions as well, including heart disease or diabetes, especially if you are over 35 years of age. Ask for online consultation if you want everything to be private and discreet.

3. Fuzzy Thinking: Do you sometimes think that your thoughts are a blur? Low testosterone can also impact your memory. It can make you feel stressed, sad and even depressed, resulting in concentration problems. These  can be a result of low testosterone

4. Mood Changes: Testosterone directly impacts your mood, even leading to extreme sadness or psychological depression. If nothing seems to make you happy, if you are not what you used to be, then visit a doctor.

5. Muscle Changes: Muscle mass and strength reduces over the years. As testosterone helps build muscle, low levels may be the cause if you witness sudden drop in muscle mass. In such a case you should consult a doctor. It can be because of low hormone function.

6. More Body Fat: If you have been enjoying a more fit or healthier weight most of your life but suddenly start gaining weight, it might point towards low testosterone in the body. Also, if you are unable to lose weight even on a healthy diet, consider consulting a doctor.

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Infertility - Factors That Render Men Sterile!

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Post Graduate Diploma in Ultrasonography, Certificate Course in Gynecological Endoscopy, Min invasive Technology & Intro to Lap Suturing
IVF Specialist, Delhi
Infertility - Factors That Render Men Sterile!

There exists a lot of hue and cry about infertility among women throughout the world. But in reality, female infertility is not the only concern. Male infertility is also prevalent adversity and there are many lifestyle disorders that lead to low sperm count among urban men. The following are the foremost factors that can render the men sterile.

  1. Smoking: Smoking not only causes cancer. It also encourages the development of other disorders like low sperm count in men. It reduces the number of antioxidants in the body. Therefore, quit smoking today and opt for alternative measures like exercise, nicotine chewing gums in order to divert yourself from the urge of smoking.
  2. Stress: Sperm count is inversely proportional to stress. The more you are stressed the lesser your sperm count will be and vice versa. The current life is fast-paced and taking it easy is a practical measure. However, exercising, maintaining a balanced diet and sleeping well could be viable measures when it comes to the reduction of stress.
  3. Sleeping disorder: Sleeping disorders go in tandem with stress. Any disruption in your slumber also leads to the lowering of sperm count. You can perform meditation and breathing exercises before hitting the bed, both of which induce sound sleep. Listening to soothing music before sleep can help too.
  4. Poor diet: Poor diet leads to the reduction in sperm count. Therefore, maintain a balanced diet. Make sure you consume a lot of fruits and vegetables and increase your intake of zinc which can be found in high concentration in foods like whole grain, eggs, fish and nuts.
  5. Excessive exercise: There is no accurate evidence as to whether excessive exercise can lead to a reduction in sperm count. However, it is wise to keep things in moderation.
  6. Intake of caffeine: Caffeine affects the normal level of zinc and calcium in the body and a lot of coffee per day means reduced sperm counts. Therefore, instead of coffee, you can always opt for healthier options like black tea or green tea.
  7. Alcoholism: Alcohol not only depletes the amount of testosterone in the body but it also diminishes the libidinal urge in men. Nothing can be healthier than leading the life of a teetotaler. If you are suffering from alcoholism, seek therapy today because it has other adverse effects as well.
  8. Obesity: Being overweight can take a toll on the health of your sperms. Therefore prevent yourself from accumulating extra fat and if you are already overweight, exercise and eat properly to reduce weight.
  9. Exposure to a lot of heat: Sitting in front of your computer for a long duration can affect the sperm count. The heat waves that are emitted by such machines are detrimental to health. Therefore, balance your work with some recreational strolls in the midst of nature to lead a healthier life.
  10. Hormonal problems: Various hormonal problems such as complications of the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands may lead to low testosterone levels in the body.
  11. Various medications such as using anabolic steroids, antifungal medications and chemotherapy may hamper production of the sperm and thus hit fertility.
  12. Age: Age is a major factor that can lead to infertility for either partner. This has an adverse effect on the quality of sperm.
  13. Semen analysis reveals problems of infertility with males as of low sperm count, low motility of sperm, low quantity of alive and active sperm when it comes to natural conception
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Oligospermia And Its Treatment In Ayurveda!

Dr.P K Jain 89% (27ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Lucknow
Oligospermia And Its Treatment In Ayurveda!

Quite like women, men may also suffer from different types of infertility, one of which is erectile dysfunction and eventually leads to oligospermia. It is a condition in which the affected individual loses the ability to take part in sexual activities. Oligospermia is caused due to low sperm count in the males, which doesn’t let the ovum of their female partner to fertilize.

Causes of oligospermia-
Normally, excessive stress, smoking and consumption of alcohol are regarded as the major causes of erectile dysfunction and oligospermia. But it can also be triggered by varicocele condition, which is an enlargement of veins in the scrotum. Hormonal imbalance, harmful radiations like radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as administering certain drugs and medications are some other causes leading to oligospermia.

Symptoms of oligospermia-
If a man is not able to maintain his erection while performing sexual activities, then it is considered that he is suffering from erectile dysfunction. However, oligospermia doesn’t have any sign or symptom; the affected person gets to know about it when his partner is not able to conceive.

Diagnosis of oligospermia-
The diagnosis of oligospermia is dependent on the low count of semen analysis that has to be performed twice randomly. Recently, WHO has established a reference point for the optimum level of sperm count, which is 15 million sperms for every millilitre of semen. It is crucial to mention here that the concentration of sperms may fluctuate and there can be permanent and temporary forms of oligospermia.

Ayurvedic treatment of oligospermia-
Ayurveda is considered as the science of life and is regarded as a holistic as well as a comprehensive medical system. This system utilizes the inherent principles of nature for helping a person maintain good health by keeping the body, mind and soul in perfect coalesce with nature.

  1. Ayurveda has presented a distinct branch that deals with defective semen and spermatogenesis along with sexual potency. Such medications are called Vajikaranatantra or aphrodisiac medicines. This therapy is recommended for all males between the ages 16 to 70 to maintain healthy semen and overall sexual activity.
     
  2. In Ayurveda, the treatment of oligospermia comprises administering the Vajikaradravyas and rasayanas in optimum amount. These therapies are quite helpful in detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. Additionally, with little modifications in lifestyle and diet, you can not only experience sexual pleasure but also be able to produce physically and mentally healthy offspring.
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