If you're thinking about having a baby, you want to be as healthy as possible. We all know that a nutritious diet, a healthy weight, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and attention to other preventive factors can increase your chance of having a baby. But sometimes this isn't enough. It takes two to
make a baby, and having healthy sperm is one of the important factors in getting pregnant. Unfortunately, sperm can be sensitive to physical stresses from things like medications, heat, and even having a high fever.
Scientists think that antioxidants and other nutrients may be able to help protect sperm from damage, and keep them healthy and on the move. Our researchers at NICM are looking for men to volunteer for a clinical study which will test the effects of a nutritional supplement on sperm health.
Recruitment is now underway in City Fertility clinics located at Brisbane, Brisbane Southside, Bundoora, and the Gold Coast; and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick Sydney.
This clinical trial has been approved by Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number: H11411) and is supported by NICM, Western Sydney University and Max Biocare Pty. Ltd.
You will be randomly allocated to take either the nutritional supplement or a placebo (a dummy pill with no active medicine in it) for 26 weeks. The estimated time commitment is three hours over six months, and travel reimbursements of up to $100 a visit are available. You will be asked to provide three
semen samples for analysis over the six months, and to have two blood tests.
Eligibility and more information
If you have been told that your sperm health could be better, then you might be eligible for this study. You do not need to be actively trying to conceive to volunteer for the study.
For more information please contact NICM Research Officer, Afshan Khan
p. (02) 4620 3810
m. 0414 357 363
For health information about maximising your fertility, visit yourfertility.org.au (opens in a new window)