Libido & Fertility
Fertility and Libido are both wholly separate and deeply interrelated aspects of of our lives. Without a sexual urge, we’re not motivated to have sex and produce healthy offspring. But without proper Fertility, we don’t provide the necessary seeds and breeding ground to procreate either.
Unlike the rest of our vitals, the nutrients that contribute to male and female fertility and libido are actually quite different – especially in terms of the contributions of omega-3. Given the nutrients we currently measure we are able to provide scores for male fertility and libido and female fertility.
All of our vitals exclusively refer to yourself, with one exception. By “Female Fertility”, we’re not only referring to your ability to get pregnant, but also the ability to give birth to a healthy child. If you are looking to get pregnant, you should optimise your nutritional status beforehand . Your nutrition and lifestyle directly impacts the health of your child because it depends on the nutrients that are available to them. This phase of life is very crucial for the development of a child's brain and other characteristics which are fundamental for its whole life.
For example, studies have shown that low Omega-3 status before, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding impairs the cognitive development of the child’s brain and leads to lower mental development later in life. If your looking to start a healthy family, you should take care of your nutrient status even before you get pregnant! 1, 2, 3
Male Fertility & Libido
The primary male sex hormone is testosterone. This hormone is crucial for development of typical primary and secondary male characteristics, such as development of sex organs, increased muscle mass and facial hair growth, as well as fertility and sex drive (libido).
We know that testosterone levels rise with puberty and slowly decline with age. Therefore, fertility and libido can also decrease as we get older. We can combat this natural decline by impacting nutrient deficiencies which can also cause low testosterone levels and impair fertility and libido. With proper nutrient intake, age related decline of testosterone levels can be hampered and prevent from early onset of these changes.4, 5
1 Fontana, R. and Torre, S.D., 2016. The deep correlation between energy metabolism and reproduction: a view on the effects of nutrition for women fertility. Nutrients, 8(2), p.87.
2 Bernardi, J.R., Escobar, R.D.S., Ferreira, C.F. and Silveira, P.P., 2012. Fetal and neonatal levels of omega-3: effects on neurodevelopment, nutrition, and growth. The Scientific World Journal, 2012.
3 Christian, P., Mullany, L.C., Hurley, K.M., Katz, J. and Black, R.E., 2015, August. Nutrition and maternal, neonatal, and child health. In Seminars in perinatology (Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 361-372). WB Saunders.
4 Pilz, S., Frisch, S., Koertke, H., Kuhn, J., Dreier, J., Obermayer-Pietsch, B., Wehr, E. and Zittermann, A., 2011. Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men. Hormone and Metabolic Research, 43(03), pp.223-225.
5 Colagar, A.H., Marzony, E.T. and Chaichi, M.J., 2009. Zinc levels in seminal plasma are associated with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men. Nutrition Research, 29(2), pp.82-88