Improving Sperm Naturally: Top Male Fertility Supplements in Australia and New Zealand


What you will learn

  • How common “male factor” infertility is.
  • How effective certain nutrients can be in enhancing male fertility.
  • A detailed comparison of 12 male fertility products available in the Australia and New Zealand. Most recent prices & currency rates update: July 2016

Clinical 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 Australian and New Zealand high street or can be delivered to any address in these territories. They are listed here in order of 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

24

aminoexpert Fertil M PRO

21

Dr Jenson’s formula X Fertility Men

19

Profertil by Lenus Pharma

15

FertilAid by FAIRHAVEN HEALTH

14

MyGen Health’s Fertility Formula

14

Blackmores Conceive Well Men™

13

Daily Wellness Company, Fertility Blend for Men

9

Caruso’s Fertile Max

7

Menevit by Bayer

6

Click to view the detailed scoresheet

The detailed break down for our composition-against-value comparison for the Top 5 products can be viewed by clicking on the table.

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What Makes a Good Male Fertility Supplement?

A good male fertility supplement must 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-Carnitine7, L-Arginine8, L-Cysteine9
  2. Antioxidants and Inflammatories: Vitamin A10, B9 (folic acid)11, vitamin D312, vitamin E13, Glutathione14, co-enzyme Q1015 and Pine Bark Extract1617
  3. Trace Elements: zinc1819 and selenium20

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 therapy21 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 studies22, 23, 24 against one small study, which has reported benefits25 .

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) 26.

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 ten 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 A$ 0.73 (Fertility Blend) and the most expensive A$ 3.86 (formula X Fertility Men), equivalent to a staggering price difference of 530%. For a 12-month therapy, the total cost for a male fertility supplement therapy can therefore range between A$ 266.45 for Fertility Blend and A$ 1,343.20 for formula X Fertility Men. The Average Price per Day of the ten products for a 90-day supply is A$ 1.35 and the Median Price is A$ 1.32.

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 A$ 100,000 27,
  2. the cost of alternative treatments such as IUI or IVF, which generally start at approximately A$ 5,000 upwards per cycle.

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.

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

 


2nd Runner Up

formulaX_fertility_Men

Third place: similar to fertilsan m, but much more expensive and fewer nutrients

Dr. Jenson’s formula X Fertility Men scored 19 points and came 3rd in the overall test. It has similar nutrient dosages to fertilsan M across all groups and contains slightly more vitamin C (300mg vs. fertilsan M’s 200mg).

However, it lost points, because includes significantly less vitamin B9/folic acid (300mg vs. fertilsan M’s 800mg) and it lacks the fertility nutrients vitamin A and co-enzyme Q10 altogether.

1st Runner Up

aminoexpert’s fertil M PRO was launched in 2015 and scored 21 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.

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 24 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 A$ 1.67 per day over a 90-day period, amitamin fertilsan M is priced just above average and median market prices of A$ 1.35 and A$ 1.32 respectively. However, with its comprehensive stack, fertilsan M delivers all the important male fertility nutrients in a larger overall quantity and quality that any other product on the market.

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

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 PROfertil and Fertilaid. These products, however, they use a lower grade Carnitine Tartrate with less bioavailability.

It is worth noting that all three top products included the super antioxidant pine bark extract, whilst none of the other products did.

Places 4-10

Three out of the ten products tested are priced at A$ 1.00 or less 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 (see box above) – a couple must not waste precious time with a slightly cheaper and likely inferior product.

profertil

Fourth place: click to buy PROfertil from Tolmar’s local webstore

PROFertil is the second most expensive product in the test at A$ 2.78 per day. It came in fourth place scoring 15 points due to its good amino acid profile. Although it lacks Cysteine, it does include Arginine, Carnitine and Glutathione. It also had the most glutathione and folic acid (matching fertilsan M with 800μg) in the test, however, it costs approximately 80% more.

However, it lost points due to its lack of vitamin A, D, C and B12 – all clinically proven to boost male fertility.

fertilaid-for-men

Fourth place: click to buy FAIRHAVEN HEALTH’S FertilAid on au.iherb.com

FertilAid came a close fifth place with 14 points costing exactly half of PROfertil per day: A$ 1.39. It scored good points due to its comprehensive formula of vitamins, antioxidants and trace elements, lacking only vitamin B12. However, it lost a lot of points due its lack of amino acids. An undisclosed amount of Carnitine is claimed to be included, but Arginine, Carnitine, Cysteine and Gluthathione and all missing. It also has intransparent labelling (“proprietary blend”) and is slightly pricier higher than the test winner fertilsan M.

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

6th place due to a total lack of amino acids. Click to buy

6th place due to a total lack of amino acids. Click to buy

MyGen Health’s Fertility Formula came sixth place, because it lacks all the male fertility amino acids in their entirety, vitamin B9/folic acids as well as vitamin B12! At A$ 1.49 per day it is about 10% cheaper than the test winner fertilsan, but offers significantly less nutrients.  

Conceive Well Men by Blackmores scored 13 points and came in 7th place. It costs A$ 1.00 per day and does include most fertility vitamins as well as zinc and copper. Unfortunately still lacks every single fertility-enhancing amino acid as well as the powerful super antioxidant pine bark extract.

Fertility Blend for Men by Daily Wellness Company scored just 9 points. It therefore came 8th place due its poor amino acid profile listing only Carnitine as part of an intransparent proprietary mix. It also offers very few fertility vitamins most notably omitting vitamin D3.

Fertile Max by Caruso’s scored just 7 points and came 9th place due to only offering 4 ingredients, no amino acids, just one vitamin namely folic acid / B9.

Menevit – Male fertility by Bayer came last in the test scoring just 6 points. No amino acids, just three out of six fertility vitamins and no selenium make it a very poor choice, even at its low price point.

 

 

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 28, 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. “Mataliotakis et. al.; L-Carnitine levels in the seminal plasma of fertile and infertile men: correlation with spermquality; International Journal Fertil Women; 2000 Med 45; 236-240 und: Khdemi et al.; The effects of L-Carnitine on sperm parameters in smoker and non-smoker patients with idiopathic sperm abnormalities; J Assist Reprod Genet 2005; 22 (11-12); 395-9″
  8. “Schachter, A., et al.; Treatment of Oligospermia with the amino acid L-Arginine; Journal of Urology, 110 (3); 310-313; 1973′
  9. “Eskiocak, S., et al.; Glutathione and free sulphydryl content of seminal plasma in healthy medical students during and after; Human Reprod 2005; 20(9): 2295-600”
  10. “http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110318/Vitamin-A-may-play-key-role-in-sperm-cell-formation-and-development-of-central-nervous-system.aspx”
  11. “Wallock LM et al.; Low seminal plasma folate concentrations are associated with low sperm density and count in male smokers and nonsmokers; Fertil Steril 2001; 75: 252-259″
  12. “J Anat 2008 Nov;213(5):555-64. Human sperm anatomy: ultrastructural localization of 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D receptor and its possible role in the human male gamete. Aquila S et al”
  13. “Suleiman SA, Ali ME et al.; Lipid peroxidation and human sperm motility: protective role of Vitamin E. J Andol 1996:17: S. 530-537″
  14. “Eskiocak, S., et al.; Glutathione and free sulphydryl content of seminal plasma in healthy medical students during and after; Human Reprod 2005; 20(9): 2295-600”
  15. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19509475”
  16. “Roseff, S. (2002) Improvement in sperm quality and function with French maritime pine tree bark extract, Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Volume 47, Issue 10 (pp.821-4)”
  17. “Stanislavov, R and Nikolova, V. (2003) Treatment of erectile dysfunction with pycogenol and L-arginine, Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Volume 9, Issue 3 (pp.207-13)”
  18. “Wong, W. et.al. (2002) Effects of folic acid and zinc sulfate on male factor subfertility: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, Fertility and Sterility, Volume 77, Issue 3 (pp.491-8)”
  19. “Tikkiwal M. et.al. (1987) Effect of zinc administration on seminal zinc and fertility of oligospermic males. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Volume 31 (pp30-4)”
  20. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19856162”
  21. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614647/
  22. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12525260
  23. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20691074
  24. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15763375
  25. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476
  26. Padubidri, VG; Daftary, SN, eds. (2011). Shaw’s Textbook of Gynaecology (15th ed.). p. 201. ISBN 978-81-312-2548-6″
  27. “http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jan/23/cost-raising-child-surges”
  28. “http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/when-youre-not-expecting/201103/the-stress-trying-get-pregnant”

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