Guys, if you’re planning to start a family, it’s important to look after yourself, especially when it comes to sperm health.
A recent study has shown that the quality of your sperm has a significant impact on the quality of the developing embryo and that increased DNA fragmentation is related to higher miscarriage rates.
What is DNA fragmentation?
“DNA fragmentation” is a term used to describe abnormal genetic material within the sperm, which at high levels, can result in poor embryo development and lower implantation rates.
DNA fragmentation is usually caused by factors such as infection, increased testicular temperature and has been strongly associated with toxins found in cigarette smoke, recreational drugs, alcohol and can also be attributed to poor diet and environmental pollutants.
So, what can you do to help reduce your DNA fragmentation?
There is a huge benefit in simple lifestyle changes such as ensuring you’re consuming a healthy diet, stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and avoid resting your laptop on your lap.
Fertility First offers patients the option of the Halosperm assay which is used to assess the fertility potential of sperm by determining the percentage of sperm that contain fragmented and damaged DNA. The Halosperm assay provides invaluable information about the quality of the DNA inside the sperm’s chromosomes and helps to provide clinical diagnosis and the management of male infertility.
For more information or to make an appointment contact the clinic for more details on (02) 9586 3311