The journal of Clinical Chemistry released a research paper this month showing that recurrent miscarriage, which is often blamed on the female, may in fact be due to damaged and sick sperm.
The Author of the paper, Dr Channa Jayasena, reported in the Guardian this week that, “traditionally, doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriage. The men’s health – and the health of their sperm – wasn’t analysed,”
Furthermore, the Guardian reported, “this research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests sperm health dictates the health of a pregnancy. For instance, previous research suggests sperm has an important role in the formation of the placenta, which is crucial for oxygen and nutrient supply to the foetus.”
It seems that this lack of attention on the other 50% of DNA involved in the creation of a healthy pregnancy & baby, may have lead to a lot of unjustified self blame for many women. To go through one pregnancy loss is bad enough, but to go through it multiple times is horrendous… However, to hear that doctors are now finally looking further into what could be causing this to occur is refreshing, albeit way too late for many.
The researchers in the paper concluded that, ‘our data suggest that male partners of women with recurrent pregnancy loss have impaired reproductive endocrine function, increased levels of semen reactive oxygenation species, and sperm DNA fragmentation. Routine reproductive assessment of the male partners may be beneficial in recurrent pregnancy loss.’ Their conclusion was founded by their findings that the sperm of the men studied, who’s partners had experienced three consecutive miscarriages before 20 weeks, had twice as much DNA damage as those men in the control group. So basically their sperm was sick and damaged…
The importance of the health of the sperm in a healthy pregnancy seems only too obvious. However, it is an area of fertility that wasn’t getting much attention, especially in the incidence of a pregnancy loss. It is hoped that with these findings many couples will begin to get closer to the truth behind their heartache, and even better, be able to prevent having to go through it again.
At the very first consult with all of my patients I ask to see a semen analysis, as I have always known that the health of the baby is equally dependant on the health of the sperm. Unfortunately, many in the Western Medicine world haven’t always agreed and have often told patients that sick and damaged sperm is still ‘normal’ and perfectly fine. Knowledge is power, and to know that the sperm may be the cause of a miscarriage can empower couples to take charge of their fertility, and family. To find out how you can improve male reproductive endocrine function, as well as reduce the effects of reactive oxygenation species and sperm DNA damage, I advise that you speak to a nature fertility expert. Male reproductive health can respond extremely well to natural body work and supplementation. For couples who have experienced the pain of recurrent miscarriages, it is important for you to know that there is hope and help is out there. Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
Photo credit and referenced article: The Guardian
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