Where Sperm Are Made and Stored - A Sperms Fertility Journey
By Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM on Fri, Jul 07 2017
In my work I often hear of men wanting to improve their fertility. The best way to do this is by knowing how sperm are made, formed and where this happens. This general process is better known as spermatogenesis. Once we understand the how sperm are created and where they mature we can then figure out how best to improve their function, quality and number.
The initial stages of sperm production begin in the testicles. Within the testicles are specialized tissue called seminiferous tubules. This is where a specialized type of cell division occurs called meiosis (which creates sperm). Sperm production is highly dependent on having the optimal environment for this process to occur correctly.
This initial stage of development all happens in the testicle. At this point they are unable to move (immotile) and are unable to fertilize an egg. The second stage of sperm maturation will be in a long tube called the epididymis. The epididymis is found directly beside the testicle. Sperm that are now formed enter this tube to fully mature, become motile and be stored for upwards of 2-3 months.
The environment is very important for the optimal development of sperm. The highly delicate procedure of sperm formation can be easily harmed with small changes. Too high a temperature, chemical exposure, lack of nutrients, inadequate blood flow and other factors can all sabotage sperm production.
Dietary Factors and Sperm Production
Sperm needs several essential elements to be healthy and diet is vital for this. A diet high with toxins will decrease sperm quality. On the other side a diet low in nutrients will not provide the building blocks needed for sperm production. To read more about how diet effects sperm here are a few links:
Lifestyle Effects on Sperm Health
Just as sperm need a healthy diet to thrive general day to day habits will also effect the quality of sperm. The amount we sleep, hobbies we have, how much TV we watch and even where we keep our cell phones may be damaging our fertility potential.
Something else to think about is that men who have poor sperm quality may also point to other health problems. To read more about this use this link - What your sperm says about your health.
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Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine