Three ways obesity affects your sperm and what you can do about it.
In order to obtain sperm for artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization treatment, semen is spun over 30,000 times in a high-speed centrifuge.
This can break (fragment) the delicate DNA in the sperm head leading to lower pregnancy rates. A new FDA-approved microchip now allows natural sperm selection with a near-zero rate of DNA fragmentation.
On average 250 million sperm are released each time a man ejaculates. The vagina and uterus have grooves that direct the healthiest sperm toward the egg waiting in the fallopian tube. Remarkably, only a few hundred sperm reach the egg. The most robust sperm navigate the course best and reach the egg first. This is natural sperm selection.
Sperm is a delivery vehicle for DNA. Broken DNA, also known as DNA fragmentation, leads to sperm malfunction and death.
For most fertility treatments, sperm is separated from semen by spinning it in a high-speed centrifuge for 20 minutes – the equivalent of being spun over 30,000 times with forces up to 500 times the Earth’s gravity. Such traumatic preparatory steps can cause the delicate DNA in the head of the sperm to break apart leading to sperm DNA fragmentation.
A new FDA approved device that mimics natural sperm selection developed at Harvard University, the Natural Sperm Selection microchip mimics the natural configuration of the female reproductive tract allowing only the healthiest and most robust sperm to transverse the length of the chip. Initial studies have revealed that the sperm selected by the microchip have a near-zero rate of DNA fragmentation
A new microchip allows natural sperm selection by mimicking the female reproductive tract.
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Sperm are important because they transport the father’s DNA to start the process of having a baby.
In 2017 the medical journal Human Reproduction Update published a landmark study showing that sperm counts have decreased 60% over the last 40 years in Western countries.