Other Proposed Natural Treatments
Male infertility, the inability of a man to produce a pregnancy in a woman, is often caused by measurable deficits in sperm function or sperm count. In about half of all cases, however, the source of the problem is never discovered.
The good news is that, without any treatment at all, about 25% of supposedly infertile men bring about a pregnancy within a year of the time they first visit a physician for treatment. In other words, infertility is often only low fertility in disguise.
Proposed Treatments for Male Infertility
Zinc Plus Folate
Vitamin B 12
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Vitamin B 12 article.
Free radicals, dangerous chemicals found naturally in the body, may damage sperm. For this reason, a number of studies have evaluated the benefits of antioxidants for male infertility.
Other Herbs and Supplements
Many other substances have been suggested as treatments for poor sperm function and infertility, including the herbs ashwagandha , Eleutherococcus , pygeum , saw palmetto , and suma , as well as the supplements SAMe and calcium , but there is no meaningful supporting evidence for these treatments.
In addition, all of the treatments listed in the article on Impotence have also been proposed as treatments for male infertility, though not necessarily with any supporting evidence.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -