Several high profile long-term fertility studies have shown that sperm count, movement and shapes have dropped by more than half over 50 years.

Fortunately, more than 100 clinical studies have shown that a group of 15 widely-available antioxidants (for example, from plant extracts), amino acids, vitamins and trace elements can effectively improve these quality factors and reverse this trend.

We have compared 18 of the most popular male fertility supplements based on the nutrient combinations they offer.

The Top 5 in Summary

BEST-PRODUCT

WINNER

per month

  • Combines the most effective male fertility nutrients into one comprehensive product

BEST-VALUE-FOR-MONEY

2nd

per month

  • Cheapest top 5 product with 12 out of 15 male fertility nutrients present in high concentrations

3rd

per month

  • Includes omega-3

  • Missing key amino acids and key antioxidants such as pine bark extract

4th

per month

  • Broad nutrient mix
  • Missing key nutrients Arginine, vitamin D and antioxidants such as pine bark extract

5th

per month

  • Broad mix of vitamins
  • Missing several key amino acids antioxidants such as pine bark extract

How We Have Rated

We have compared 18 well-known combination products for male fertility available online or on the high street in the UK and Ireland. To compare the products at ingredient level, we have either assigned none, one or two ticks based on the level of their effective dosage.

Finally, only nutrients proven effective in the majority of scientific, peer-reviewed studies were considered. The number of ticks was then added together to produce a final “tick” score.

The comparison shows that differences in price and quality are quite substantial. But paying more does not always mean that you will get more in terms of effective nutrients.

Score Sheets

Click to view the scoring tables

RANK 1 - 5: fertilsan M, fertil M Pro, Orthomol Fertil Plus, Fertilovit M plus, Fertility Support for Men

top-5-label

£39.95per box
£39.95per box

37.50€per box
37.50€per box

£64.97per box
£64.97per box

£49.01per box
£49.01per box

£23.66per box
£23.66per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

RANK 6 - 10: PROfertil, Vitamen, FertAid, Fertimax 2, FERTIL PRO® FOR MEN + L-Carnitine

top-5-label

£56.99per box
£56.99per box

£15.03per box
£15.03per box

£29.95per box
£29.95per box

£22.30per box
£22.30per box

$77.99per box
$77.99per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

These products contain a lot of good fertility nutrients, but in lower concentrations than the Top 5 products. FERTIL PRO® FOR MEN + L-Carnitine only has two fertility nutrients vitamin C and folic acid in significant concentration.

RANK 11 - 15: Wellman Conception, Pregnapure, FertilMan, FertilityBlend and ProXeed PLUS

top-5-label

£6.85per box
£6.85per box

£10.95per box
£10.95per box

£9.99per box
£9.99per box

£29.45per box
£29.45per box

£30.50per box
£30.50per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

Wellman Conception contains remarkably low amounts of the key fertility amino acids arginine, carnitine and cysteine. The body requires the latter in particular to produce the powerful antioxidant and DNA protector glutathione.

Proxeed has a large amount of carnitine, but it lacks the vitamins C, D and E completely. This is surprising, because these vitamins have been shown particularly effective in helping to increase overall sperm quality.

RANK 16 - 18: Fertil PRO MTL, Menevit and Countboost

top-5-label

$54.99per box
$54.99per box

£74.95per box
£74.95per box

£14.65per box
£14.65per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

These three products are ranked last in our test as they contain only very low fertility nutrients. FERTIL PRO® MTL focuses exclusively on three antioxidants and contains neither arginine, carnitine nor the trace elements zinc and selenium.

Who should consider fertility supplements?

Sperm production (spermatogenesis) in men is a complex and sensitive process, i.e. to environmental factors such as trauma (temperature, physical) as well as nutritional deficiencies (a poor diet).

The active ingredients are highly concentrated standard nutrients also found in common foods. These fertility supplements are therefore classified as foods. Fertility experts therefore routinely recommend aspiring fathers several months of food supplements as a standard preparation for IVF and other fertility treatments.

In fact, however, all aspiring fathers benefit from male fertility supplements, because of their

  • the biggest single factor for reduced male fertility is DNA damage caused by oxidative stress. This can be effectively reduced with the right antioxidants.

  • more nutrients combined are much more effective than fewer or single micronutrients, because “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.

  • proven efficacy in 55+ scientific studies1
  • high level of safety. In principle they have no side effects and are therefore suitable for continuous consumption,
  • very moderate financial cost, particularly in relation to artificial fertilisation.

The sperm production cycle takes approximately 80 days, which is why the supplements should be taken as soon as the couple starts trying to conceive for at least three months. Preferably, until the partner is pregnant and ideally until the pregnancy is past the critical 12 week pregnancy mark. In addition, aspiring fathers must pay particular attention to their diet and lifestyle (more tips here).

This approach will guarantee an optimal supply of the most important micronutrients to allow sperm production to run at optimum levels.

Summary

Taking fertility supplements when trying to father a child is definitely worth it. The fertility benefits of 13 amino acids, vitamins and trace elements are strongly supported by clinical evidence.

These nutrients are often effectively combined male fertility supplements. Many of the combination products indeed include many of the 13 nutrients, however others offer only poor value for money. In terms of cost one should budget between £30 and £60 per month.

Relative to their importance and the physical, emotional and monetary cost of the alternatives, however, that is a minor investment.

Nutrients Boost Male Fertility By Increasing

  • sperm movement by up to 23% 2
  • sperm volume by up to 33% 3
  • sperm count even by to up 215% 4

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Male Fertility Nutrients

More than a natural dozen amino acids, vitamins and minerals have proven fertility-enhancing benefits. Fertility clinics therefore tend to recommend 3+ months of fertility supplements to aspiring fathers prior to attempting conception.

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pinienrindenextrakt fuer mehr Fruchtbarkeit

Pine Bark Extract Can Help Enhance Sperm Health And Improve Erectile Function.

It is particularly effective when combined with the amino acid L-arginine.

Carnitin ist besonders gut fuer die männliche Fruchtbarkeit

Why L-Carnitine Is Critical For Male Fertility

Carnitine improves male fertility by supporting sperm count, sperm concentration, motility, nuclear DNA integrity and morphology.

Boost Sperm Movement And Promote Strong Erections With Natural Arginine.

Male fertility and sexual function are significantly influenced by the availability of arginine in the body.

References

  1. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutrient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  2. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  3. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  4. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
13 Comments
  1. liza

    Awesome article, male fertility as well as female fertility should not be neglected and should be given an equal value of concern. This article tells about the male fertility which is necessary for all the male to know so i recommend all male to read this article.

  2. mohideen

    Hi am going to get married after 2 months but my question is am bodybuilder usely my body is heat if I go gym it will affect my sex life it will kill my sperm cause of over heating

  3. nigel mayhew

    I used to masturbate regular but now I haven’t done so for about 3 months , has this made my sperm more fertile from not doing

    • Dr Rakesh Kooner

      Dear Nigel, yes – periods of abstinence longer than 5 days are thought to reduce sperm count and therefore male fertility as a whole (study).

      If you are intending to father a child you should abstain for 3 days prior to the first BMS (intercourse), which must be timed carefully to coincide with ovulation. This will elevate your semen volume and therefore provide a higher total amount of sperm cells with this first ejaculation. You should then have intercourse a further three times to maximise the chance that a sperm cell will fertilise the female egg. Please refer to our intercourse timing guide & video here.

  4. Osumanu

    After our first child for over 5 years now we trying to have another child but its seems there wrong on me.cause my sperms very light after release.thus it means Tht I have low sperm count

    • Andi

      Try edging for 2 days before, don’t do what Indians tell you here they want money

  5. bahderyrin

    I hav irregular period since 3 month nw ….hw can I be pregrant

    • Dr Rakesh Kooner

      Dear bahderyrin, please discuss this in person with your gynaecologist and follow the advice given on this website and our youtube channel.

  6. Saad

    Dear sir
    My sperm level 0 my gp did test twice in that cas can you give me any advice for increasing,
    Thanks

  7. Chantal

    I’m trying to have baby 2 tears ago naturally
    My husband have 4 kids before and hes 55 mine I’m45 and dont have kids before
    .
    I did ivf and we dudnt suceed do u suggest that we took fertility smart supplement or what do u suggest

  8. elham,barbarouei

    I would like to Buy your products for infertility treatment to distribute in Asia, please give me guidance ,thank you.

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