Male infertility is the cause of at least 40% of infertility problems. That means millions of men find themselves with difficulty having children. Many of those men turn to male fertility supplements to help conceive children—but how do these supplements work? (Of course, we are talking about male fertility supplements that do work—there are many with dubious claims of benefits that don’t.)
The biggest cause of male infertility is damage to the sperm, so male fertility supplements focus on making sure sperm is healthy and able to fertilize the egg. This happens three ways:
- Protecting from mitochondrial DNA damage – Your testes produce sperm very rapidly, generating millions of cells that all need to carry your genetic code to fertilize an egg. Unfortunately, damage to the DNA of sperm cells can cause sperm to be improperly formed, meaning they may not be able to swim up to the egg, or may not be able to fertilize it when they do. For some men, this DNA damage happens at the mitochondrial level because of genetic factors. These genetic factors include an inherited trait that causes DNA-repairing enzymes to fail to do their job, allowing mismatched or incomplete DNA to keep replicating and ultimately leading to more damaged sperm. By protecting against this DNA damage, male fertility supplements can encourage healthy sperm.
- The antioxidant defense – The testes are located in an area of the body that has very low oxygen levels. And yet the testes are responsible for producing not only sperm, but also your body’s natural steroids. The result is that the tissue inside the testes is an oxygen-starved environment. Scientists believe this is a protective measure, so that the dangers of oxidative stress (oxygen poisoning) and free radicals (particles that damage cells) do not affect sperm production and harm fertility. But what happens if this natural defense fails and the sperm are damaged anyway? In many men with infertility, antioxidants provide an effective way to inhibit sperm damage and restore fertility. This is one of the most important functions of male fertility supplements.
- Gentler aging – No matter how healthy you are, as you age, your fertility declines. Even men with no genetic history of damaged sperm will have a higher rate of damage as they age. Sperm production overall also begins to decline, reducing the chances of impregnating a woman. Thus, many male fertility supplements focus on addressing the side-effects of aging in the testes, helping tissues stay healthier and production stay higher for longer.
Of course, these are just some of the ways that supplements can address male infertility. In choosing male fertility supplements, keep these in mind—and always consult your doctor!
Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, releases FERTINATAL Plus®, fertility-boosting prenatal vitamins specifically for would-be mothers over 35
Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, announced the release of FERTINATAL Plus®, a prenatal vitamin product designed to meet the special nutritional needs of women over 35 who are trying to get pregnant. Currently, no other prenatal vitamins on the market contain fertility-supporting benefit of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to would-be mothers over 35, whose natural fertility may be on the wane.
FERTINATAL Plus® was developed based on the success of the company’s flagship product, FERTINATAL® DHEA. Introduced in 2012, FERTINATAL® DHEA helps women with low ovarian reserve get pregnant more easily with fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Since its launch, many IVF centers and reproductive endocrinologists (doctors specializing in female fertility) have started incorporating FERTINATAL® DHEA into advanced fertility treatments they offer.
While women between 35 and 40 may not yet experience the same level of decline in ovarian reserve as women over 40, female fertility does start declining at around age 35. FERTINATAL Plus® was developed to address this unique need of women over 35 who don’t need the help of reproductive endocrinologist, but want to improve their chance of spontaneous pregnancy: FERTINATAL Plus® provides a smaller amount of fertility-boosting DHEA, along with a carefully considered mix of pregnancy-supporting prenatal vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, calcium and iron.
According to Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, FERTINATAL Plus® uses the same pharmaceutical-grade, micronized DHEA as used in FERTINATAL®. The serving size of DHEA is smaller because women in this age range typically do not need the same amount of DHEA as women over 40, whose ovarian reserve is naturally much lower. Like FERTINATAL®, FERTINATAL Plus® follows all the manufacturing and quality control standards established by the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), the New York-based fertility center that introduced DHEA supplementation into fertility treatments. CHR, which advised Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, throughout the development process of the product, endorses FERTINATAL Plus® for women over 35.
FERTINATAL Plus® is available exclusively from Fertility Nutraceuticals’ online store, as well as offices of select obstetricians and gynecologists. A 12-week supply of fertility-supporting prenatal vitamins is priced at $69.00.
To view the original release, please visit here.
Fertility Nutraceuticals launches new websites to better connect customers with up-to-date fertility information, high-quality fertility supplements.
Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC, the leading supplier of high-quality fertility supplement products, is pleased to announce the launch its new corporate website.
The launch of the new site is part of Fertility Nutraceuticals’ continued effort to elevate the quality standards of the nutritional supplement industry within the fertility arena. The website provides detailed, research-based information on fertility and nutrition to women and men looking for an easy way to boost their chances of building their families. Featuring up-to-date news on the latest research related to fertility, nutrition and supplements, including links to relevant research articles, blog posts and more, the site is envisioned as a reliable information source for patients and fertility professionals alike.
In addition to the launch of the new corporate site, Fertility Nutraceuticals has also added 3 product-specific sites, each devoted to an individual fertility supplement: FERTINATAL® DHEA for women’s fertility, OVOENERGEN™ CoQ10 for women’s fertility, and ANDROENERGEN™ CoQ10 for men’s fertility. Each site includes detailed product information and an easy-to-navigate online shop featuring a variety of purchasing options, allowing customers to customize an order that best fits their needs.
Founded in 2011, Fertility Nutraceuticals was born out of a growing need for a reliable DHEA supplement specifically for boosting pregnancy chances for women with diminished ovarian reserve. In collaboration with the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), the fertility center in New York City that pioneered the use of DHEA for female fertility, Fertility Nutraceuticals developed a micronized, pharmaceutical-grade DHEA and introduced its first product: FERTINATAL® DHEA. Since that initial launch, the company has continued its science-based supplement development, eventually introducing OVOENERGEN™ CoQ10 for female fertility and ANDROENERGEN™ CoQ10 for male fertility.
With the launch of the four new websites, Fertility Nutraceuticals is better positioned to reach consumers who may benefit from the fertility supplements and up-to-date information on fertility and nutrition it offers.
To view the original release, please visit here.
In a recent article in the New York Times, researchers take a closer look at the growing concerns surrounding the labeling, and mislabeling, in the herbal supplement industry.
The article cites a study, published in BMC Medicine, in which a group of Canadian researchers used DNA bar-code testing to determine exactly what was in 44 bottles of popular herbal supplements. It wasn’t always what the label claimed.
“They found that many were not what they claimed to be, and that pills labeled as popular herbs were often diluted — or replaced entirely — by cheap fillers like soybean, wheat and rice.”
“Of 44 herbal supplements tested, one-third showed outright substitution, meaning there was no trace of the plant advertised on the bottle — only another plant in its place.”
What is concerning is that not only do these fillers and substitutions diminish the purported health benefits of the supplements in question, they introduce potential health risks for the people who are unknowingly ingesting them. Many of the fillers could have harmful side effects and possibly deadly risks for people with allergies.
There is some debate as to the reliability of the bar-code testing used in the study, as well as suggestion that the problem is not as widespread as the published findings imply. But regardless of these debates, there’s no denying the lack of testing and regulation within the industry.
“Policing the supplement industry is a special challenge. The F.D.A. requires that companies test the products they sell to make sure that they are safe. But the system essentially operates on the honor code. Unlike prescription drugs, supplements are generally considered safe until proved otherwise.”
Similar concerns have been raised numerous times in the supplement industry. It is clear that there are companies that work toward higher standards, and there are fly-by-night operations that only care about making a quick profit. There have been discussions about how to better self-regulate the industry in order to weed out such unscrupulous companies and raise the overall safety standards, but for now, it is up to the individual supplement companies to ensure the safety of their products and inform their customers correctly about those products.
This is why Fertility Nutraceuticals established a rigorous, three-step quality control process, which includes testing at an independent laboratory. By having a third-party laboratory test all our products and verify their label claims, we ensure the purity and quality of the fertility supplements we offer to our customers.
Regardless of what’s happening elsewhere in the industry, when it comes to our labels, what you read is what you get.