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Which supplements would help increase sperm count in a male?

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Published At June 22, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been trying to have a child for the past two years and six months. My wife has done all the necessary check-ups, and now we discovered that the problem is actually in my body. Our gynecologist suggested insemination, but she said the sperm count was not enough for insemination, so we were asked to wait until the sperm got back to normal. I take Vitamin C 1000 mg daily. But I would like to know if there are supplements that you could recommend to help improve my sperm count. Please help.

Thanks.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

To improve your fertility, you should take more fruits and vegetables, reduce smoking and alcohol, stay away from heat and chemicals, and do not use the laptop on your lap. If you do, then put it on a cushion on your lap. Also, if you are obese, you should reduce weight but do not take any formula. You must do blood tests, post-prandial blood sugar, T4 (thyroxine), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), testosterone, and estradiol. If there is any abnormal report, then it will need correction. Apart from vitamin C, you can also take Folic acid 5 mg, vitamin E 400 IU, and vitamin B complex with zinc. Consult your specialist doctor, talk with them, and take medications with their consent.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thanks for the reply.

I currently do not smoke, and I quit drinking last year. My testosterone is normal from my previous test, and my blood sugar is also fine. I am currently having weight of 143 pounds. I will purchase the prescribed vitamins. Also, how long should I take those vitamins?

Thanks.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

You can take up to six months.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

I would like to know if the above vitamins could be in excess in my body. If I get zinc from my food, and if I take the supplements, will that lead to excess? Is there a side effect of having too much of these vitamins?

Thanks.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

The standard preparations of vitamins are made considering that a person is getting some amount from food. And the amount is much below toxic levels. Vitamin E is fat soluble, so that it can accumulate in some individuals' bodies. If you are concerned, you can take three months. Rest are water soluble and do not accumulate in the body.

I hope this information will help.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thanks for the reply.

Do I need to buy a vitamin B complex and zinc separately? Or should I look for vitamin B that has zinc as an ingredient?

Thanks.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

It is better to take vitamin B complex and zinc separately.

I hope this information will help.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have attached my previous testosterone report for your review.

Thanks.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Your testosterone is on the higher side. It may occur due to supplements, particularly herbal ones. The vitamins suggested by me will not increase testosterone levels.

I hope this information will help.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Purushottam Sah
Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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