What you need to know about prenatal vitamins for men
“The reason for the recommendation of a prenatal vitamin designed by a man is that there is an abundance of data indicating that abnormal sperm are usually produced in an inflammatory environment in the testis,” explains Brian Levine, MD, MS, FACOG, a fertility specialist who serves as a medical advisor to Perelel, a new brand of prenatal supplements on the market that offers a Men’s Multi Support Pack. When these suboptimal sperm are created, they generate a reactive oxygen species, which makes the other healthy sperm around them very sensitive to oxidative stress. âBad sperm create a bad environment, which creates more bad sperm and a worse environment,â says Dr. Levine. “These sperm are then less likely to meet their goals of ultimately successfully fertilizing an egg.”
Although it is rare for doctors to prescribe prenatal vitamins to their male patients, because according to Allen Morgan, MD, a New Jersey-based fertility specialist, “Most men of childbearing age are mostly healthy” – he notes that this may be advisable for those with low sperm count, low motility or too many abnormally shaped sperm. These problems, he explains, tend to be more common in those who smoke, drink excessively, or eat poorly.
“By taking a male prenatal vitamin that completely focuses on increasing the circulating levels of antioxidants in the body, the testicular microenvironment is ‘buffered’ against the fact that some bad sperm ruin it for all the other sperm created,” explains Dr. Levine. In addition to helping create a better environment for sperm to develop, expectant dads taking a prenatal vitamin have the potential to offer other non-fertility benefits. âThese elements have other benefits for the body and help slow the aging process, improve immune function, skin and blood vessel health,â says Dr. Morgan.
While most fathers don’t need a prenatal vitamin like moms do, it’s worth checking with your doctor to see if incorporating one into their routine is the right choice for your own individual journey to conception.
Oh hi! You look like someone who enjoys free workouts, discounts for cult wellness brands, and exclusive Well + Good content. Subscribe to Well +, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.