From Zita West: So It's True - Baby-Making Sex Can Cause Male Sexual Dysfunction

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Fertility guru Zita West speaks out about the latest research proving that trying for a baby can really take its toll on men. Read her top tips for setting the passion alight again.

Today's Independent highlights a vitally important fertility issue that is all too often overlooked when it comes to helping couples conceive. We know that trying for a baby can be a rollercoaster of emotions for women, but it can be incredibly stressful for the man too – and this can really impact not only on a couple’s relationship, but also on the man’s fertility. Sex is the most important factor in trying for a baby, but so many men suffer from performance anxiety that can really have a negative impact not only on your relationship, but on a couple’s ability to conceive. West says, ‘It’s so hard for men – I see so many guys who are very anxious that there is something wrong with them, but the reality is often that they are simply suffering from performance anxiety. Being able to talk as a couple and make use of techniques from hypnotherapy and counselling to an in-depth health-check to overcome this can make a huge difference.”

Here are Zita West’s top tips for setting your passion for each other alight and helping to improve sperm health:

1. Passion – Testosterone is the hormone of desire. Sex can become an issue between partners when they’re trying for a baby or if they’ve done endless rounds of IVF, and it’s easy to see why sex becomes mechanical. Focusing on getting a good sex life back is key to sperm health. Arousal is important as it affects the amount of sperm you will produce and you’re not helping yourself by having mechanical, passionless sex.

2. Pressure – Take the pressure off one another when it comes to wanting a baby. Pressure causes performance anxieties in men. A man doesn’t need to know everything that’s going on in a woman’s body to be ready for sex. He doesn’t need to know when she’s ovulating and he doesn’t need the pressure to perform.

3. Relationship – So often we see that the relationship is tense due to trying for a baby, which makes it harder to have sex. Sex can become a subconscious currency between couples, especially if there’s too much focus on the woman’s fertile time. Trying for a baby and going through IVF challenges any relationship.

4. Sex, sex and more sex! There are so many myths around sex when trying for a baby, and the most common questions we’re asked are about how often to have it and whether it’s better to save the sperm up. Firstly, you should be having sex as much as possible, at least three times a week. The idea of saving sperm is a myth as it will die after a few days. Research shows that the more fresh sperm there is, the better the quality, but the man needs the right support to achieve this if he’s having issues.

5. Lifestyle – Make sure you get a sexual health screen. It’s well-documented that alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs affect sperm health and increase free radical damage, which affects the DNA of the sperm. Being overweight or underweight can also affect fertility, so it would really help to take a good look at your exercise regime and your diet. We have produced a new formulation of supplements for men that contains all the vital minerals and vitamins we know can boost sperm quality, motility, count and morphology (shape):

Over the past few years, we have seen more and more men with sperm issues. It’s a known fact that around 50% of fertility complications are down to male factor and yet still we focus so much on the woman. The male partner has an equally crucial role to play at conception in providing the healthiest sperm he can for the future health of the child. The feedback we’ve had from men is that they don’t want to have to constantly think about when to take lots of pills, so Vitamen has been specially re-formulated as an easy to swallow daily capsule containing Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, L-Arginine and Folic Acid to really turbo-charge your sperm and boost your sex life.

Vitamen is available to buy from our website for £16.50 (30 capsules). If you would like more information or packshots, please contact Shaheen on 020 7224 0017 or via shaheen(at)zitawest(dot)com.

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