Updated: Jun 28, 2019
Are you one of those couples who don’t have an answer to why they haven’t managed to get pregnant yet?
If yes, DNA fragmentation may be your answer!
So, what IS DNA fragmentation?
As you may already know, DNA is the genetic material that we carry in every cell of our body. DNA fragmentation is the separation or breaking of this genetic material.
How does DNA fragmentation affect fertility?
Since producing babies involves 50% contribution of DNA by both partners, an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation obviously leads to problems in getting pregnant!
Besides, high DNA fragmentation rates may also lead to miscarriage.
Why do we need a special test for it?
Even though standard semen analysis gives us basic information about sperm count, motility (movement) etc, it may not be an accurate reflection of what is going on INSIDE the sperm. In fact, more than 40% of men with normal semen tests have been observed to have high DNA fragmentation rates, leading to labels such as ‘unexplained infertility’ and ‘failure of IVF or implantation’
What are the causes of excessive DNA fragmentation?
DNA fragmentation arises from the production of ‘toxic’ substances called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) from conditions which lead to a process called ‘Oxidative Stress’.
This basically means that when we put our body through stresses that it cannot deal with appropriately, it starts building up toxins which are harmful to all our cells, including sperms.
Some of the common reasons for oxidative stress
Poor sleeping habits
How can I reduce my DNA Fragmentation?
The good news about DNA Fragmentation is that it is reversible! Most of the reduction can be done with the help of lifestyle changes, and occasionally with the help of supplements.
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