There is so much to think about when considering a vasectomy reversal for the purpose of wanting to have children. The procedure itself and the doctor you choose, of course, is key. As is the recovery time. But did you also know that what you eat after your vasectomy reversal can also impact your reproductive chances?
Diet and sperm health are considerably more closely related than many men think. A man’s diet can directly impact many aspects of overall sperm health from not only the motility of sperm, but also total sperm count and the integrity of each sperm’s DNA. The healthier the sperm, the higher the chances of conception.
To increase the motility of post vasectomy reversal sperm, it is important to include foods rich in zinc and selenium. Foods such as breads, fish, meat and eggs all contain motility boosting selenium, while minced lean beef, dark chicken meat and baked beans all contain zinc. Both selenium and zinc can also work to improve general sperm quality as well, making these minerals must haves when it comes to improving sperm health.
Vitamin D, as found in foods such as oily fish, or fortified breakfast cereals also has been studied and found to improve motility for sperm. If you aren’t a big breakfast cereal, or oily fish fan– try spending a little extra time in the sunshine, since sunlight is actually the best way to replenish a body’s Vitamin D.
When discussing sperm count, there is evidence that the lack of Folate, or vitamin B9 in a diet can lead to a reduction in the total count of sperm present in an average ejaculation. As the more sperm present means increased potential to conceive, increasing numbers with the right diet is clearly beneficial. To increase post vasectomy reversal sperm count, include foods high in folic acid including green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, or broccoli in your diet every day. Folate in the form of folic acid can also be found in oranges, avocados, lentils and potatoes–all foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet, making getting the right amount of folate easy, and flavourful.
Of course, as with all things relating to your body and health, a diet rich in antioxidants is crucial when it come to eliminating free radicals in your body. Free radicals can work to corrupt cell membranes throughout your body, causing damage to individual cells and groups of cells. In the case of sperm health, free radicals have been shown to reduce the general quality and viability of sperm in humans, thereby also limiting potential for conception. The good news is that antioxidants are plentiful in a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including many of those listed above! Green tea, apples, many berries, red beans and even pecans are prized for their antioxidant properties, as well as their great taste.
Never underestimate the influence your diet has on all aspects of your life, from general health, to reproductive health. When considering your vasectomy reversal surgery, choose the best with Your Vasectomy Reversal UK Clinic and microsurgical vasectomy reversal surgeon, Duncan Harriss, and choose the right diet after your proceedure to optimize your success. Contact us today to learn more.