Here at Key to Conceive, we talk a lot of about sperm capacitation because it’s such an important part in the conception process. I thought it would be a good idea to review sperm capacitation because it is so important. Also, recently, researchers have made more discoveries on the importance of sperm capacitation. (You can read all about the new discoveries here.)
Many people understand that a woman needs to ovulate to release an egg and that a man’s sperm must fertilize that egg, but in between those steps, sperm capacitation must occur for the sperm to have the capacity to penetrate and fertilize the mature egg. Key to Conceive wants to educate people on the importance of the sperm capacitation step.
Sperm capacitation is essential for several reasons. First, a woman’s natural conception lubrication dissolves the immobilizing cholesterol from the sperm and creates an enzyme that allows the sperm to fertilize the ovum. A woman produces that natural conception lubrication when she becomes sexually aroused. When used regularly, ToConceive also helps a woman produce her own natural lubrication to aid in the capacitation process. Secondly, sperm capacitation selects out immature and abnormal sperm that lack capacitation. The process also selects out sperm coated with anti-sperm antibodies or strips off those antibodies to allow for proper capacitation. Sperm capacitation works to allow only the fittest sperm to fertilize.
Everyone talks about how it’s important for a TTC or pregnant woman to have a well-rounded diet. Studies now show that what dad eats can have a big effect on the baby as well. McGill University conducted a study that found a man’s diet has a direct effect on the health and development of a baby. The study concentrated on a man’s folate level (also called B9) and found that babies sired by a man with low folate levels had a 30 percent higher chance of birth defects. You can read about the whole study here.
So, what can men do to up their folate levels? They should increase their intake of folic acid. This can be done through a vitamin supplement or daily multivitamin. Men can also choose foods high in folic acid. Here are some excellent sources of folic acid to incorporate into your diet to increase folate levels:
–Beans and legumes like lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans and lima beans
–Leafy, green veggies like spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli and asparagus