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Will Zita West tablets, for men help improve sperm count and motility ?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

zita west vitamen buy uk online 

 Here is a question that we received this week regarding male fertility:

Hi, Will Zita West tablets, for men help improve sperm count, and motility?? As my husband has a low sperm count, and poor motility sperm. Many thanks. Look froward, to hearing from you soon.

Here is our answer:

Vitamen is a multivitamin & mineral supplement designed to support male reproductive health. Deficiencies in vitamins & trace elements have been shown to be detrimental to sperm production & sperm health

Here is the information for Vitamen from the manufacturer below in bold & I have put links to some blog articles we have written on improving male fertility which you may find helpful:

Nutrition for conception

Healthy parents tend to produce healthy babies. And healthy babies, in general, grow into healthy children and adults. Much emphasis is given to the importance of a woman’s health and nutritional status before and during pregnancy. But her male partner plays an equally crucial role at conception.

The creation of a healthy baby requires not just a healthy egg but a good supply of properly formed mobile sperm as well.Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the number of men with low sperm counts.

Recent research suggests that of the one in four couples who take longer than the average to conceive, the cause, in around one-third of cases, lies with the male partner.

Other research has indicated that up to eighty percent of birth defects are caused by defective male sperm. And it is now known that the cause of a Down’s syndrome baby may also lie with either the mother or the father.But don’t worry – there is a lot that can be done simply by making changes in nutrition and lifestyle.

Poor sperm health, whether it be a low count, poor motility or malformations, can generally be improved by optimising the father’s overall health and nutritional status. But it is sensible to start this process as soon as possible.

Sperm take ten weeks to develop sufficiently to leave the body, so planning for a pregnancy should start at least four months before conception takes place. That means giving up smoking, alcohol and social/recreational drugs, checking for genito-urinary infections, avoiding hot baths and tight clothing, eating healthily and taking supplementation, when necessary, to help redress nutritional imbalances.

Vitamen is a high quality supplement specially formulated for men. But remember, it is no good taking vitamins if you are not getting the rest of the basics right. Drinking plenty of water is one of them – at least 2 litres a day. Water is a large component of sperm, so a good, regular supply is vital in the process of production.

Vitamen is a premium multivitamin and multi-mineral supplement. It contains essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy conception and, in particular, the production of healthy sperm.

It may also be worth reading these blog articles on improving male fertility:

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8 ways to improve sperm count & motility naturally

Monday, June 20th, 2011
  1. Stop smoking
  2. Avoid overexercising which may cause overheating of the testicles-particularly prolonged cycling & horse riding
  3. Stop using a laptop on your lap-causes overheating
  4. Avoid illicit drug use ie use of anabolic steroids, Cannabis etc
  5. Eat a healthy balanced diet with plent of fruit & veg
  6. Avoid very hot baths, saunas etc
  7. Take a male fertility supplement-studies have shown that trace elements in the diet can play a significant role in male fertility
  8. Reduce your alcohol intake

Zestica Conception Gel ~ the next big step in self fertility care

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Zestica Conception kit’s unique conception gel.

Zestica conception gel prepares the body to give sperm and implantation the best chance.

The new Zestica kit contains 10 single use tubes of the Conception Gel.

6 are used before ovulation. This aims to get you to the time of ovulation with a healthy, balanced vaginal flora.

4 are used after ovulation. This aims to restore and maintain a healthy, balanced vaginal flora post ovulation.

 Why are the vaginal bacterial flora of importance in fertility ?

The growth, and particularly the over-growth of certain vaginal flora bacteria make a big difference to the environment faced by sperm as the attempt to reach and fertilise the egg. In many cases the vaginal environment is positively hostile to sperm, greatly reducing the chances of conception. Even some personal lubricants, used on the run up to ovulation can aggrevate the situation, lessening fertility.

The unique formulation of Zestica Conception gel is designed to balance the vaginal flora and optimise the vaginal pH, thus reducing any detrimental effects on sperm health which may have been present before its application. Zestica Conception gel is designed to work in harmony with Zestica Fertility lubricants. The Hyalurinic Acid (HA) in Zestica mimics the HA found around the human egg, stimulating sperm motility. Zestica remains the only commercially available fertility lubricant to offer users these HA benefits.

5 simple things you can change that may increase your chances of conceiving

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Its funny how often the simple changes can bring the biggest rewards.

1) Make sure you have sex at your most fertile time .

Now this is not to say that you should only have sex at your fertile time, in fact there is lots of evidence to show the opposite. To keep the sperm supply at its best, you should have regular sex throughout the month but it is pretty crucial that you have intercourse during your fertile time (around ovulation)

How do you know when its your fertile time ? That the subject of a whole other blog post on ovulation predictor tests & methods

2) Replace your usual personal lubricant with a sperm friendly lubricant

These days many couples use intimate lubricants either for foreplay, intercourse or both. Many intimate lubricants (including saliva) in common useage are not sperm friendly ie this means the lubricant can actually impair or damage sperm-not good news when you are trying to conceive.

In the UK there are currently 3 personal lubricants on the market that have been designed especially for couples trying to conceive and are clinically proven to be sperm friendly. They are Pre-Seed, Conceive Plus and Zestica Fertility.

To find out more about fertility friendly personal lubricants click here

3) Stop your man using his laptop on his lap

It is amazing how many men spend most evenings with a laptop on their laps while watching television or travelling on a train. Laptops heat up very quickly and generate large amounts of heat that can be detrimental to sperm. The testicles, which is where the sperm are produced and stored, are outside the body because if they were inside the body the heat from the body cavity would impair & damage the sperm. When a man has a laptop on his lap it is right over his testicles and this is likely to cause overheating.

I recently came a cross a couple where the man’s sperm count had come back with a low motility count, and he was using a laptop on his lap for extended periods most nights. He changed this laptop behaviour & the sperm count and motility has improved.

4) Keep your weight at a healthy level.

There has long been  anecdotal eveidence to suggest that weight is important but now this has been backed up by clinical evidence to suggest that fertility is reduced in both overweight women & underweight women.

5) Relax-

I know its easier said than done, but more and more studies are confirming that stress can be a big factor in unexplained infertility. Sometimes the stress of trying to conceive itself can actually hamper your attempts.

Look at other areas of stress in your life and see if you can reduce or alleviate them. Consider alternative therapies which are often excellent at helping to alleviate or manage stress. Yoga and Pilates for example are great at teaching you to relax. Make a list of things that you can do to help you relax each day and make sure you do one of them each day. It can be as simple as taking a lovely bubble bath or taking a walk outside in the sunshine. You know the things that help you to relax-so make time to do them

Male Fertility Tips-optimising your fertility

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

We read lots today in the news about how stress, modern lifestyles & enviromental pollutants can affect men’s fertility adversely.

Here are some quick tips of things to do and things to avoid:

  1. Guys keep the laptops off the laps-anything that causes overheating in the groin area can damage your fertility. This is why testicles are not inside your body like the other organs-it is to keep them cool. Make sure you sit at a table when using a laptop so the laptop is not on your lap. (This is also much better for you back as you will tend to sit up straight rather than slouch)
  2. Give up smoking-studies have shown that smoking adversely affects male fertility
  3. Keep alcohol consumption at a low level and avoid binge drinking
  4. Avoid going in very hot baths or saunas as this will cause overheating of the testicles
  5. Eat you 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and eat a healthy balanced diet. Try to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or underweight can affect your fertility adversely.
  6. Consider taking a multivitamin supplement that is specifically for men such as Wellman as they contain key supplements that are important for sperm production and general & sexual health
  7. Avoid taking any recreational drugs as many of them have been shown to affect male fertility adversely
  8. If you are on a prescription drug check with your GP whether it could affect your fertility
  9. Avoid overexercising-extreme over exercise has been shown to affect fertility adversely in both men and women. In men it may be due to the overheating element or their may be other factors. Regular moderate exercise is good-just don’t overdo it and try to avoid overheating in the groin area-wear loose fitting workout clothes, boxers or  shorts. Avoid the tight fitting lycra! Avoid strenuous riding (ie bicycle or horse) which may cause overheating of groin.
  10. Some enviromental pollutants can affect male fertility adversely-check if you are working with any toxic chemicals & make sure you are taking adequate health & safety precautions
  11. Try and relax. Stress can affect fertility adversely. Make time for relaxation every day.

We saved the best two until last:

  1. Have sex regularly. Studies have shown that having sex regularly actually improves your fertility. There is no advantage to saving the sperm up for the fertile time of the month. Old sperm are more likely to be damaged or have poorer motility. Try to have sex regularly 2-3 times a week to kep the sperm replenished and fresh
  2. Enjoy sex. Sex is and should be a pleasurable experience so keep it fun.

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Male Fertility Tips

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

There has been a lot of coverage of male fertility issues in the news this week, so I thought it would be worth doing a quick review of the info and some tips for improving male fertility

The good news is a recent study has shown that having sex frequently is good for male fertility.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5697634/Couples-trying-for-baby-should-have-sex-daily.html

Not so good news is that extreme cycling is very bad for fertility. Read this article if you guy spends a lot of time cycling, even if its at the gym.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8124458.stm

And those laptops are still causing problems !

http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20090515023655data_trunc_sys.shtml

Tips for maximising male fertility:

  • Avoid anything that gets the testicles over heated, as excess heat can damage sperm-this is why the testicles are external and not inside the body. Things that may cause overheating are:laptops on the lap, saunas, hot baths, tight underwear, cycling, medical conditions such as varicoele (varicose veins in scrotum-if you think you have this see your doctor)
  • Stop smoking as smokers have higher incidence of sperm problems
  • Keep alcohol consumption within safe limits
  • Eat a balanced healthy diet high in antioxidants, eat lots of fruit and veg & cut down on the meat-make sure he gets his 5 a day. A recent Spanish study has shown that men who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, in particular peppers, spinach and citrus fruits, have higher quality and faster swimming sperm. http://www.bionews.org.uk/new.lasso?storyid=4397
  • Check if he is on any medication that may damage sperm eg antidepressants, check with your doctor http://www.naturalnews.com/026483_SSRI_fertility_DNA.html
  • Exercise moderately-remember keep those testicles cool, and wear loose fitting boxers and clothes. May be best to avoid the tight lycra
  • Avoid recreational drug use-research has shown that cannabis may reduce male fertility http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/3586115.stm
  • Taking a multivitamin containing L-Cartinine may help eg Wellman

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NEW Zestica Fertility Friendly Personal Lubricant

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

There is a great new lube for couples trying to conceive that has been show to not impede sperm. Many popular sexual lubricants can be harmful to sperm.

The new lubricant has been brought to the fertility market by a british company Burdica.

Click here for more info on Zestica fertility Lubricant

Did you know one of the ways Pre-Seed works is that it mimics cervical mucus ?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Pre-Seed is a sperm friendly lubricant designed for couples who are trying to conceive.

When Pre-Seed is inserted deep in to the vagina (using the vaginal applicators) it works in the following ways to aid conception:

  • Pre-Seed does not harm sperm ie it is sperm friendly
  • it is ph balanced to be sperm friendly (similar to cervical mucus)
  • sperm can swim freely in PreSeed ( unlike some other popular lubricants which impede sperm)
  • its consistency is similar to cervical mucus

Click here for more information about Pre-Seed

Trying to conceive tips from The Great Sperm Race show

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I watched the show on Monday with my dh and made notes:

Here are some of the TTC tips for helping the sperm on their way that I wrote down. If you have any more please leave them in comments for us.

1) Have sex about every 2-3 days. there is no advantage to saving your sperm up. Fresh sperm are better than old sperm.

2) Avoid sperm hostile lubricants. The sperm can not swim as easily through them and may get stuck. Even saliva can be hostile to sperm.

3) Enjoying sex is important for both partners and may increase the chances of conception

4) When a man is highly aroused he ejaculates more sperm, so it is important to have ‘gourmet sex’ rather than just going through the motions.

5) Female orgasm is also though to be important and increases the chances of conception. It may work by altering the ph in the vagina to be more sperm friendly, and also by contractions that help the sperm on their way. Another older theory, and actually my favourite, is that after orgasm the female usually falls asleep, meaning that she stays horizontal and this may make the journey easier for the sperm.

6) Cervical mucus (CM) is very important as it allows the sperm to swim up into the cervix. For this the mucus needs to be stringy and of ‘egg white consistency’. This is what is known as fertile cervical mucus.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

If you missed the show it is worth watching on your computer-link in previous post.

By the way one of the shows narrators  Dr Joanna Ellington is a sperm physiologist. She with a colleague invented a product called Pre-Seed which is sperm friendly lubricant and also mimics fertile cervical mucus. Find out more about Pre-Seed here

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The Great Sperm Race was excellent viewing

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I watched it last night with dh and we both found it very informative & quite awe inspiring.

What those sperm go through to fertilise the egg is amazing. It is a true miracle of nature they even reach the egg. Good job I’m not a sperm-I think I would give up at the start-lol

Dr Ellington (Sperm Physiologist & CEO of ING Fertility the makers of Pre-Seed) was one of the narrators and did a great job.

If you missed the programme you can view it online at channel 4-link below

Watch The Great Sperm Race online

Great Sperm Race Channel 4

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Whoops sorry this was resheduled.

 It is now due to air on March 23rd on Channel 4 at 9pm

Tune in next month to see Pre-Seed’s inventor Dr. E as she helps narrate this exciting show

More about ‘The Great Sperm Race’ C4

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Tune in on 16th February on Channel 4 to see Pre-Seed’s inventor Dr. E as she helps narrate this exciting show.

It’s the most extreme race on earth – a contest with 250 million competitors, only one winner and relentless obstacles thrown in for good measure.

Click here for more information about The Great Sperm Race

The Great Sperm Race Channel 4 16th February 2009

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I have it on good authority that there is a programme to be screened on Channel 4 on 16th february called ‘The Great Sperm Race’ which features Pre-Seed inventor Dr Joanna Ellington (sperm physiologist & CEO INGfertility)

Watch this space for more info 

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Vitamen fertility supplement for men from Zita West

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

What is Vitamen ?

Vitamen is a premium vitamin & mineral supplement for men designed by Zita West (renowned London based fertility guru) for fertility & preconception

Vitamen is a fantastic vitamin & mineral supplement specially formulated just for men. . Zita West has spent a great deal of time researching what really makes a difference to sperm health and Vitamen supplement is the result of all her hard work.

90 capsules – 1 month’s supply

Vitamen is suitable for vegetarians

How do I take Vitamen ?

Vitamen from Zita West is specially formulated for men, to be taken in an easy capsule form, three times a day, with or after food

What does Vitamen contain ?

Vitamen from Zita West is a premium multivitamin and multi-mineral supplement. It contains essential nutrients needed to prepare for conception and produce healthy sperm.

Vitamen is free from artificial colours, preservatives, gluten and is certified non-GM.

How long should Vitamen be taken for ?

Vitamen should ideally be taken for at least 3 months prior to conception. 

Three capsules a day typically provide:

Vitamen – Ingredients and their benefits to male fertility:

Arginine – an amino acid vital for sperm health
Ginseng – an all-round general tonic
Lysine – an amino acid essential for sperm health
Selenium – contributes to sperm health. Research suggests a possible link between low levels of selenium in older parents and babies with Downs Syndrome.
Vitamin B12 – helps to maintain a high sperm count
Vitamin C – increases sperm count and motility and decreases the risk of sperm damage. Helps to remove lead from the body. Particularly important if the diet is low in fresh fruit and vegetables.
Vitamin E –important anti-oxidant. Deficiency can cause damage to reproductive tissues.
Zinc – needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm. Zinc is lost with each ejaculation, so an active sex life and a low zinc diet places a man at risk. Deficiency can cause impotence, infertility, and a low sperm count.Source Ingredients:Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), L-Arginine Hydrochloride, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide,  L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Modified Corn Starch 1, Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng), L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate 2), Taurine, Soya Oil 2, Silica, Zinc Citrate, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Niacin (Nicotinamide), Water, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Lycopene, Colour: Titanium Dioxide, Coenzyme Q10, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) Allergen Information: – 1 From Corn 2 From Soya 

Vitamen Allergen Information

Derived from Corn: Modified corn starch
Derived from Soya: Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate); Soya Oil

Will Zita West Vitamen improve sperm count ?

Research has shown that the vitamins and minerals used in Zita West Vitamen help with sperm health. Sperm health includes mobility, motility, formation, and sperm count.

All Zita West nutritional products have been approved by the HFMA (Health Food Manufacturers’ Association) and have been formulated in accordance with Department of Health guidelines.

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Fertility Damaging Chemicals-male fertility

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

This is an extract from an article I read online earlier in the year, about how chemicals that painters & decorators are exposed to may affect sperm motility

Male painters exposed to fertility-damaging chemicals
23 May 2008

Men working as painters and decorators who are exposed to glycol ethers are more likely to have poor semen quality, according to research carried out by scientists from the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.
The findings from the research, which have been published in the BMJ journal Occupational Environmental Medicine, show that men who work with solvents such as glycol ether have a 2.5 fold increased risk of having a low motile sperm count compared to men with low exposure. Glycol ethers are widely used in many products including water-based paints – a product used by many painters and decorators.

Sperm motility is an important factor in the fertility of men and the concentration of motile sperm per ejaculate has shown to be linked with conception. However, the size and shape of sperm (morphology) and the quality of sperm DNA are also important factors that may be affected by chemical exposure.

The findings are a result of a major collaborative UK study to determine the occupational risks of male infertility through chemical exposure in the workplace. The study, undertaken in 14 fertility clinics in 11 cities across the UK, examined the working lives of 2,118 men.

The researchers however did conclude that, apart from glycol ether, there are currently few workplace chemical threats to male fertility. 

In additional to chemical exposure, the study looked at other non-chemical factors in the men’s lifestyle. The researchers discovered that men who had undergone previous surgery to the testicles or who undertook manual work were more likely to have low motile sperm counts, whereas men who drank alcohol regularly or wore boxer shorts were more likely to have better semen quality. 

Dr Andy Povey, senior lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Manchester, said: “We know that certain glycol ethers can affect male fertility and the use of these has reduced over the past two decades. However our results suggest that they are still a workplace hazard and that further work is needed to reduce such exposure.”

Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield, added: “Infertile men are often concerned about whether chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace are harming their fertility. Therefore it is reassuring to know that on the whole the risk seems to be quite low.”

The study was funded by the UK Health and Safety Executive, the UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, the UK Department of Health and the European Chemical Industry Council.

Information taken from
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=3672

What is Pre-Seed ?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Pre-Seed is a unique sperm friendly personal lubricant developed in the USA for use while trying to conceive. Pre-Seed lubricant was invented by Dr Joanna Ellington who is an internationally recognized scientist with over 75 publications.

Pre-Seed is the first ‘fertility friendly’ intimate moisturiser that mimcs your bodies natural secretions to relieve vaginal dryness while providing anoptimal sperm enviroment

Pre-Seed is the right solution for vaginal dryness when trying to conceive:

  • PreSeed is ph balanced to match fertile cervical mucus
  • the patented formula does not harm sperm
  • contains arabinogalactan for antioxidant support
  • an internal application of Pre-Seed coats the vagina and cervix
  • Pre-Seed has been clinically tested

Pre-Seed has been mentioned in two fertility books-see below for quotes:

“The bad news is that virtually all lubricants…can kill sperm. Until recently, there really wasn’t a viable option…Luckily, though, a revolutionary new vaginal moisturizer has been developed… It is called Pre~Seed…”
- Toni Weschler in International Bestseller “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”.

“Many women have avoided popular lubricants because they’ve been shown to interfere with normal sperm function. There is at least one product called Pre~Seed, that won’t reduce fertility.”
- Dr. Robert Greene in “Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility”, 2008

Click here for more information on Pre-Seed

Male Fertility Tests | Male Fertility Test Kit | Fertility Test for Men

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

MALE FERTILITY TEST-an increasing number of men are checking their fertility by using a male fertility test kit at home.

Home Male Fertility Test Kit-What should we do if the result comes back low?

First thing to say is don’t panic. A low sperm count does not mean you can not conceive it may just make it more difficult. However you do need to go and see your doctor now for examination & further sperm tests-this is very important.

Some of the following factors may be worth considering while you are waiting for the appointment to see the doctor.

1) Was the sample ideal? Did you follow the instructions precisely? It may be worth repeating to check this. Cooling the sample or a delay in performing the fertility test can alter the number of active sperm, and give a false result.

2) High testes temperature. Sperm are made in the testes which are in the scrotum. This is the body’s way of keeping the testes slightly cooler than the rest of the body which is best for making sperm. It is often advised for men who have a low sperm count to wear loose fitting underpants and trousers and to avoid very hot baths, saunas, etc. This aims to keep your testes slightly cooler than the rest of your body, which is thought to be good for sperm production. It is not clear whether these measures improve a sperm count, but they seem to be sensible. Also best not to let him sit with his laptop on his groin !

3) Smoking can affect the sperm count. If you smoke, you should stop completely for optimum sperm production.

4) Alcohol. More than 16 units per week (equivalent to about 8 pints of normal strength beer or 16 small glasses of wine) may interfere with optimum fertility.

5) Drugs and medicines. Most do not interfere with sperm production, but some may do. These include: sulphasalazine, nitrofurantoin, tetracyclines, cimetidine, colchicine, allopurinol, some chemotherapy drugs, cannabis, cocaine, and anabolic steroids. They are always finding new drugs that can affect sperm. If you have a low sperm count, tell a doctor if you take any drugs or medicines regularly

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