Improving Sperm Naturally: 11 Male Fertility Supplements Reviewed


What you will learn

  • How common “male factor” infertility is.
  • How effective certain nutrients can be in enhancing male fertility.
  • A detailed comparison of 10 male fertility products available in the UK.

Credible research has now established that infertility is caused by men in up to 60% of couples1. Consuming fertility enhancing supplements is therefore becoming an increasingly popular method to boost sperm quality for a variety of reasons:

Male Fertility Supplement Benefits

  1. Convenient, prescription-free and non-invasive
  2. Relatively inexpensive
  3. Based on natural nutrients, without side effects
  4. Effective after three months2 3
  5. Can increase sperm motility by up to 23%4
  6. Can increase ejaculate volume by up to 33%4
  7. Can increase sperm count by up to 215%4

Which Products Have We Tested?

We have tested twelve products, which are available on the UK high street or can be delivered to UK addresses. They are listed here in order of descending test scores. Please note that

  1. there is no upper limit to the scores as research-proven fertility nutrients can be provided in even higher quantities, and
  2. the pricing and composition of the various products changes continuously. The summary and comparison tables are therefore updated by the editorial team approximately every quarter.

 

Product

test score

fertilsan M by amitamin

105

aminoexpert Fertil M PRO

88

orthomol fertil plus

85

FertilAid by FAIRHAVEN HEALTH

70

Profertil by Lenus Pharma

70

Fertilovit M Plus by Gonadosan GmbH

70

Fertility Support by Natural Health Practice

66

Vitamen by ZITA WEST

63

Wellman Conception by VITABIOTICS

61

Fertimax by DCMG ™ Laboratories

58

Pregnapure by Healthspan

53

Fertilman by babystart

43

Click to view the detailed scoresheet

The detailed break down for our composition-against-value comparison for all eleven products can be viewed by clicking on the table.

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What Makes a Good Male Fertiliy Supplement?

A good male fertility supplement has provide the complete spectrum of nutrients, which are proven to be beneficial for male fertility – in terms of quantity, quality and cost.

Nutrients

Composition in the context of this review is defined as completeness in terms of the presence of the 12 “core” research-based male fertility nutrients.

These below to three groups of nutrients:

  1. Amino acids: L-Carnitine, L-Arginine, L-Cysteine
  2. Antioxidants and Inflammatories: Vitamin A, B9 (folic acid), D3, E, Glutathione, CoEnzyme Q10 and Pine Bark Extract
  3. Trace Elements: zinc and selenium

If any of these fertility nutrients were included in low quantities or left out altogether, points were lost on this subscore.

Click the button to read the science behind each male fertility nutrient

Nutrients must be taken together and continuously

  • Sperm cells take 11 weeks to mature in the testicles. Only then they are ready for ejaculation.
  • If you adjust your diet today it will thus take three months for the better sperm to be ready for fertilisation.
  • You must therefore keep the diet or supplement on an ongoing basis – ideally until your partner is pregnant or you decide for a different treatment (see comments below).

Some manufacturers include additional non-beneficial ingredients to differentiate their product and/or justify higher price points. These include Taurine, Maca root, Ginseng, Grapeseed extract, or Omega-3 fatty acids.

Some of these nutrients are thought to promote motility (movement) or vitality of spermatozoa, but no formal research studies have been carried out to prove that these claims are correct.

Provided the male body is healthy and the above nutrients needed by the male body to ensure a normal level of motility are present, un-researched and unproven vitality boosters should be avoided in order to avoid any unforeseen side effects. Unless specifically indicated, the origin and quality of these non-core ingredients are obviously a concern.

As an example: Maca root, a Peruvian root extract, acts as a stimulant and is sometimes consumed as a substitute for coffee. It is also used in alternative hormone (estrogen) replacement therapy7 because of its effects on the body’s hormone balance.

Its actual effect on sperm quality has in fact been proven unsuccessful in improving male fertility in three large studies8, 9, 10 against one small study, which has reported benefits11 .

Value for Money

A product should cost little to the consumer whilst offering lots of high quality fertility nutrients. The Cost per Day has been calculated based on the cost of a 90-day supplement supply, because a male fertility supplements must be taken for a minimum of three months, the duration of the sperm maturation process (spermatogenesis) 12.

Ideally the products should be taken until a pregnancy is achieved. This will ensure that a steady stream of high quality sperm cells is produced by the testicles and stored in the epididymis.

 

The Best Natural Male Fertility Supplements

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Test Results

The eleven products we have tested were found to be vastly different in both composition and value for money, the two key success criteria.

Why Money Matters Less Than Nutrients

Value for money is determined by the relationship between cost and quantity and quality of the nutrients.

The price spectrum between the products is wide indeed with the cheapest costing £ 0.15 / € 0.21 (Pregnapure) and the most expensive £ 2.50 / € 3.50 per day (Orthomol fertil plus), equivalent to a staggering price difference of 1,600%. For a 12-month therapy, the total cost will therefore range between £ 54.75 / € 76.50 for Pregnapure and £ 879.65 / € 1,229.15 for Orthomol fertil plus.

The Average Price per Day of the ten products for a 90-day supply is £ 1.31 / € 1.15 and the Median Price is £ 0.90 / € 1.26. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to both exchange rate movements and price promotions.

It is important to understand the total cost of taking a male fertility supplement for a sensible amount of time such as the 12 month window of statistical fertility. However, the financial cost of fertility food supplements is a minor factor considering

  1. the cost of supporting a child from birth through to University, estimated at several £ / € 100,000 13,
  2. the cost of alternative treatments such as IUI or IVF, which generally start at £ 3,000 / € 6,000 upwards.

Keep in mind:

  • Nutrients are more important than price, because a couple should not waste precious “fertility time” with a slightly cheaper, but perhaps ineffective fertility supplement,
  • Couples under 35 are considered infertile only if they have not conceived naturally after 12 months. Only at this point should they seek professional help and look at further treatment options. If the female partner is over 35 she would benefit greatly from having regular discussions with her gynecologist and learning how to calculate her time of ovulation exactly and time the Baby-Making Sex (BMS) around this time window.

Based on a 12-month supplementation therapy, the cost of a male fertility supplements can therefore vary between £54 and £880. This is equivalent to a staggering cost difference of 1,600% depending on the product.

Interestingly, the test found that neither the cheapest nor most expensive product scored well overall, because of their poor nutrient stacks.

 


2nd Runner Up

Third place for orthomol fertil plus despite its high price. Click to buy

Orthomol fertil plus scored 85 points and came 2nd in the overall test. It has similar nutrient dosages to fertilsan M across all groups.

However, it lost points, because it lacks the important fertility nutrients Arginine and vitamin D3.

It is the only product in the test, which includes EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Perhaps this partially justifies its high price – by far the highest in the test, but the link between omega-3 acids and male fertility is not conclusively proven14.

1st Runner Up

aminoexpert’s fertil M PRO was launched in 2015 and scored 88 points.

aminoexpert fertil m pro

Second place: similar to fertilsan m, but with less nutrient quantities

It has a similar nutrient stack to fertilsan M, but the nutrient quantities are lower, which would explain why it is slightly cheaper: fertil M PRO’s Carnitine is not Carnipure™ quality and it includes 200mg less Carnitine per day compared to fertilsan M.

It also provides 200mg less Arginine per day, 400 µg less folic acid 25 mg less zinc per day. It is different to fertilsan m in that it includes vitamin A, but it is missing coenzyme Q10.

Whilst it can only be purchased in Euros, the weak Euro in 2015 works in its favour. 90 days cost €82.5, equivalent to approximately £59.00. Depending on the currency exchange rate this works out as €0.92 (£0.67) on a daily basis. Delivery is free across Europe.

 

The Winner

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The Winner: buy fertilsan M from amitamin.com

amitamin’s fertilsan M is the top male fertility supplement on the market with a total score of 105 points.

It was found to have the most zinc (40mg), the most folic acid (800µg), the highest dose of the super-antioxidant Pine Bark Extract (100mg) as well as the highest dosages of both amino acids Arginine and Carnitine (500mg each) of superior Carnipure™ quality.

At £ 0.83 (€1.00) per day over a 90-day period, amitamin fertilsan M is also priced below both average and median market prices of £0.84 (€1.00) and £0.90 (€1.16) respectively. With its comprehensive stack, fertilsan M delivers all the important male fertility nutrients in a larger overall quantity and quality.

This makes it the most likely product to increase all key male fertility parameters semen volume, sperm count, motility and morphology, at a below average price.

fertilsan M is also registered, manufactured and regulated in Germany under the terms of the official central pharmaceutical database.

Carnipure™

It is worth noting that fertisan M is also the only male fertility product on the market today, which includes the purest pharmaceutical grade Carnipure™ Carnitine, patented and manufactured by Lonza in Switzerland.

All other manufacturers, which include Carnitine in their blends including fertilstart’s FertilMan plus and fertil M PRO use a lower grade.

Places 4-12

Six out of the twelve products tested are priced at less then £1 per day over a 90-day period.

Due to their low cost, however, these products lack sufficient dosages or variety of the larger volume nutrients Arginine and Carnitine. Again, it is important to note here that cost is less important than price – a couple must not waste precious time with a slightly cheaper and likely inferior product.

fertilaid-for-men

Third Place: click to buy FAIRHAVEN HEALTH’S FertilAid on amazon.co.uk

The products FertilAid, Profertil and Fertilovit M Plus all scored 70 points based on their nutrients and thus share the fourth place.

Here, they are therefore ranked in terms of price, because they cost £ 0.90 (€ 1.26), £ 1.14 (€ 1.59) and £ 1.24 (€ 1.73) respectively on a daily basis.

FertilAid scored 70 points, due to its comprehensive formula in terms of vitamins, antioxidants and trace elements. However, it lost points on its weak amino profile, which lacks all three key amino acids Arginine, Carnitine and Cysteine. It also has intransparent labelling (“proprietary blend”) and is slightly pricier higher than fertilsan M.

It is also not manufactured in Europe and therefore does not need to comply with the manufacturing and marketing directives of the European Union.

profertil

click to buy PROfertil on amazon.co.uk

Profertil scored 70 points, because I has plenty of amino acids and trace elements and had the most glutathione and folic acid (matching fertilsan M and orthomol fertil plus with 800μg) in the test. However, it lost points, because it does not include vitamins A, C and D.

At £1.14 (€1.40) per day it also costs 40% more than fertilsan M and has an overall inferior nurtient profile.

fertilovit

click the image to buy Fertilovit M Plus directly from the manufacturer Gonadosan

Fertilovit M Plus is a mid-range product also scoring 70 points, also because of a good amino acid profile. Unfortunately it lost points due to its lack of key fertility vitamins A, C, D.

At £ 1.24 (€ 1.73) per day it is also 50% more expensive than fertilsan M and has an inferior nutrient stack.

Fertility Support came 6th with 66 points due to its mediocre amino acid and trace element profiles. The vitamins stack looks good, but this product is also 20% more expensive than the test winner fertilsan M.

Vitamen came 7th with 63 points. All vitamin, anti-oxidant, amino acid and trace elements stacks are incomplete. It does have the highest amount of co-enzyme Q10 in the test, but attempts to score with Taurine, which does not benefit male fertility and in fact is thought to adversely affect it. 15

Wellman Conception came 8th with 61 points. This product has scored well due to good amounts of selenium and folic acid. However, most nutrient dosages are extremely low, especially with regards to the trace elements and antioxidants. Virtually no amino acids are present.

Fertimax scored 58 points and came 9th in the test. It offers a good amount of Carnitine and the most CoQ10 in test, but it lacks Arginine, B12 and D3 altogether and has well as lowest zinc and Folic Acid in test. It is noteworthy that it costs the same as fertilsan M, but has a significantly inferior nutrient profile.

Pregnapure was found to be the cheapest male fertility supplement in the test. It costs just £ 0.15 / (€ 0.21) per day, costing a whopping 93% less than Orthomol fertil plus. However, with just 53 points (placing 10th in the test) it lacks too many key fertility nutrients.

Fertilman scored just 43 points coming last (11th) in the test. It includes several ingredients, which are not clincially proven to benefit semen quality. It has incomplete amino acid and trace mineral profiles and is missing key antioxidants. The dosages on all core ingredients are also small.

Generally, due to their low price, Fertilman, Pregnapure and Vitabiotic’s Wellman Conception do not include significant nutrients which need to be supplied in larger quantities, especially the amino acids and DNA-protecting antioxidants. These products therefore placed 11th, 10th and 8th in the test respectively.

 

All Top 3 products fertilsan M, fertil M PRO and Orthomol fertil plus require two or more capsules per day. This allows them to physically supply larger quantities of the required fertility nutrients.

 

If you have any thoughts or experience with any of the products please post them in the comments section below.

A Final Thought

it is important to relax when trying for a babyAssuming that you are doing your best to be fit, healthy and fertile, don’t put yourself under psychological pressure if you haven’t conceived yet. You will need to have been trying for 12 months to be statistically considered as a couple with problems to conceive.

Although the jury is still out as to whether emotional stress actually has an impact on your fertility 16, don’t forget that it is a numbers game – it all comes down to probabilities.

Even if you are doing everything you can to maximise your chances, there will always be a small chance that you may not conceive this month.. and you will simply try again next month. Always keep in mind that 85% of couples get pregnant naturally within 12 months.

So, simply try to smile, be positive and confident that you are doing everything you can. Try to actually enjoy this time with your partner (read the nice advice here)

Chances are that the universe will reward it.

 

Related studies:

  1. “Hudson, B. (1987). The infertile couple. Churchill-Livingstone, Edinburgh”
  2. Padubidri, VG; Daftary, SN, eds. (2011). Shaw’s Textbook of Gynaecology (15th ed.). p. 201. ISBN 978-81-312-2548-6”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Epub published ahead of print.”
  3. “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spermatogenesis#Duration”
  4. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Epub published ahead of print – See more at: http://menfertility.org/12-male-fertility-vitamins-will-improve-your-sperm/#sthash.45sLHCYS.dpuf”
  5. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Epub published ahead of print – See more at: http://menfertility.org/12-male-fertility-vitamins-will-improve-your-sperm/#sthash.45sLHCYS.dpuf”
  6. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Epub published ahead of print – See more at: http://menfertility.org/12-male-fertility-vitamins-will-improve-your-sperm/#sthash.45sLHCYS.dpuf”
  7. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614647/
  8. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12525260
  9. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20691074
  10. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15763375
  11. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476
  12. Padubidri, VG; Daftary, SN, eds. (2011). Shaw’s Textbook of Gynaecology (15th ed.). p. 201. ISBN 978-81-312-2548-6″
  13. “http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jan/23/cost-raising-child-surges”
  14. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19666200”
  15. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1601750”
  16. “http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/when-youre-not-expecting/201103/the-stress-trying-get-pregnant”

3 replies
  1. Marius
    Marius says:

    Hello,

    This is an interesting site. Thank you for the information provided. This information is very useful for us because we are importing fertility products to our countries. And now we can see which product is the best for fertility. Can I as you to share the documentation of this study? In which laboratory did you do this study? It would help for us to talk with our current and future partners, as well to help people to chose what to take in order to handle infertility.

    Once more thnx

    respectfully

    Marius

    Reply
    • Dr. Jones
      Dr. Jones says:

      Dear Vanessa and Marius, the scoresheet can be found by clicking on the tab is titled “Click to view the detailed scoresheet”.

      Reply

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