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Researchers may have found a way to give infertile men the opportunity to become father’s, with the aid of sperm cells ‘grown’ from their skin cells.
According to Huffington Post, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of medicine conducted the research to see whether human cells could be induced to form a different type of cell.
According to the report the aim of the research is to aid male infertility, particularly for childhood male cancer sufferers.
“Sperm can be banked for future artificial insemination procedures, but that does not help some patients, such as pre-pubertal boys.
“There are procedures to store testicular tissue prior to cancer therapy, but men who didn’t have the opportunity to save tissue are permanently sterile, and so far there are no cures for their sterility,” Dr. Charles Easley, the study’s author was quoted as saying.
According to Medical Daily.com cancer therapy could destroy 'all fast-growing cells including precursor sperm cells'. The researchers reportedly grew the sperm in a lab and it matched the human sperm cell.
"No one has been able to make human sperm from pluripotent stem cells in the lab, but this research indicates it might be possible. This model also gives us a unique opportunity to study the molecular signals that govern the process, allowing us to learn much more about how sperm are made.
"Perhaps one day this will lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating male infertility," Dr. Easley said in a statement.
According to male fertility.co.uk there are a number of contributors to the weakness and reduction of sperm cells which may lead to male infertility, including;
-'Smoking over 20 cigarettes a day has been shown to reduce both the sperm count and the sperm motility.
-'Excessive alcohol intake can lead to low sperm counts for a variety of reasons.'
-'Very frequent intercourse can lead to a dramatic reduction in sperm count and cause the man to be effectively infertile. If you ejaculate as much as 2-3 times a day you are likely to have a problem.'
Top Five Tips to increase male fertility
Importance of diet-essential foods. One needs to eat plenty of Vitamin A, E and C, as well as selenium and zinc in order to increase your fertility. Zinc, present in oysters, is essential in the production of testosterone. It also helps in maintaining semen volume and keeping sperms in a healthy state. If need be, start taking diet supplements in consultation with your healthcare provider.
Get fit. A body mass index (BMI) of less than 20 can lead to male infertility, while any BMI above 25 can reduce a man's sperm count by 22%. The ideal body weight- also referred to as "healthy weight"- is that which is right for your body type and height measurements. Calculating BMI or measuring the waist circumference gives a fairly accurate indication about the healthy weight status. However, it is important to remember that BMI is just one measure of a person's health status. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise of minimum 30 minutes every day aids in achieving the goal of a healthy body weight.
Say no to drugs and drink in moderation. Alcohol and drug abuse have a direct impact on sperm reduction and should be strictly curtailed or cut out completely. Try and have at least 4 days off drinking altogether and if you must drink over the weekend, do so in moderation. Smoking, in particular, leads to damaging sperm DMA and is also linked to birth defects in children. According to many experts, marijuana lowers a man's sperm count as well as his seminal fluid, thus increasing the number of abnormal sperm that a man produces.
Heat is one of the biggest enemies of healthy sperm. Best would be to avoid wearing tight trousers or jeans. You might not know this, but a man's body has a built-in cooling device called scrotal elasticity. It provides a cooling mechanism for the testes. However, in tight pants and underwear, that elasticity is limited. The sack has no room to lower itself, which prevents it from descending and keeping everything cool. Keep away from inner wears made of synthetic materials and tight boxers.
Consider using fertility enhancing supplements. At times, you might be doing everything right but you might still require fertility enhancing supplements. Medicines, such as FertileMax and Proxeed can come to your rescue after getting in due consultation with your healthcare provider. These products have ingredients such as, vitamin C, selenium and CoQ10, which help in improving semen quality.
Additional reporting Times of India