Delfran Family Starter Pack
WHY THE MY SEXUAL HEALTH DOCTORS RECOMMEND THE DELFRAN FAMILY STARTER PACK:
"We find that when you're trying to fall pregnant it, is better to control all the controllables variables. There are so many products on the market that may leave you feeling overwhelmed by all the options. This Family Starter Pack covers all the basics from your and your partner's side to make pregnancy as likely as possible. Don't forget about your medical check-up, vaccinations and all the healthy lifestyle principles you should follow - those are not included!"
INCLUDED IN THE BOX:
2 x Inofolic
1 x Sperm-I-Prove
A Pack of 5 Delfran Dipsticks
A Pack of 2 Delfran Pregnancy Dipsticks
Female: A high level of Myo-Inositol in the follicular fluid is an indication of a good follicle and egg quality. If there is an imbalance or shortage of Myo-Inositol in the follicular fluid it may lead to poor egg development, reducing your chance to become pregnant. Inofolic contains Myo-Inositol which may assist to rectify the imbalance in the follicular fluid and lead to improved egg development and quality. It is also professed to have a positive effect on the hormonal balance, especially in women who suffer from Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Male: Whilst sperm is stored, a shortage of certain vitamins in men can cause sperm to under-develop or get damaged. Sperm-I-Prove contains the correct vitamins to restore these imbalances. There is adequate research to show that the use of Sperm-I-Prove improves pregnancy rate, not only sperm quality.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Sperm-I-Prove must be used for at least 60 days (to produce mature sperm, it can take up to 70 days). After using Sperm-I-Prove for 60 days the sperm quantity and quality should be tested again.
Continue using Sperm-I-Prove while trying to conceive to protect sperm against damage where it is stored.
For more info about Sperm-I-Prove, see the section further below.
Advice from the My Sexual Health Doctors: It is recommended that the quality and quantity of sperm produced is tested before treatment is started, but it is not a necessity. This can be ordered by any doctor at a laboratory or it can be done at a fertility clinic. We also have home sperm analysis tests available in the shop - they are not nearly as informative as the formal tests, but it will give you an idea.
If your partner has not been able to conceive after 6 to 12 months of regular intercourse, you should definitely have a sperm analysis done.
Infolic: Use TWO SACHETS in the morning with breakfast. Continue until you are pregnant and then check with your doctor which supplement he/she recommends.
Advice from the My Sexual Health Doctors: It is recommended that you take 400ug of Folic Acid BEFORE conception and during your pregnancy to prevent spinal cord defects in your baby. If you take TWO SACHETS of Inofolic it is enough Folic Acid, but make sure you replace it with another folic acid containing product if you stop taking Inofolic.
Ovulation Tests: Use the ovulation tests included to determine when you are at your most fertile (see the packaging for the ideal times to test). You will have to urinate into cup and dip the test into it. If you see two lines, you are ovulating. If you see one line, the test is working but you are not ovulating, and if you see no lines, the test is faulty (usually because it was not dipped deep enough or too deep in the urine - there is an indicator line, so just be careful!)
Pregnancy Tests: If you do not menstruate 14 days after you have ovulated and suspect that you are pregnant, use the pregnancy test included to see if you are pregnant (see packaging for more information).
FERTILITY ADVICE FROM THE MY SEXUAL HEALTH PRACTICE:
"We find that when patients approach us about fertility, they are already at a stage where they want to micro-manage things.
Our advice to women under the age of 30 is usually to just stop their contraception, get their baseline tests done, make sure their vaccination schedule is up to date, take their folic acid daily, preferably stop drinking alcohol, have regular intercourse and forget about falling pregnant for the first year. In at least 80% of couples, they will become pregnant before the year is over and we only see them after their babies are born.
The problem comes in for those that are over 30 and past their fertility peak (although many women are having babies over the age of 40 these days!), women that are not pregnant after one year of regular intercourse and those that know beforehand that they will not be able to "forget about falling pregnant". Once they have made the decision that they are ready to start a family, they simply can't get it out of their minds, and every month when their cycle starts again, it is an absolute disappointment. In all of these cases, we suggest that patients monitor their cycles very carefully and do ovulation tests. We prefer to use the app "Fertility Friend" because it is both patient and doctor friendly, but any method of recording the details of your cycle is fine - from old-school diaries to Excel spreadsheets - we have seen and used them all!"
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE USED A WHOLE PACK OF OVULATION TESTS AND YOU DID NOT GET ONE POSITIVE TEST:
First, go over your cycle history and make sure you are testing around 14 days BEFORE your NEXT cycle should start. That is when you usually ovulate. If it is still negative, see a doctor who will probably start with a day 21 Progesterone test to see if you did in fact ovulate or not.
Secondly, if your cycle is less than 25 days or longer than 35 days, it is very unlikely that you are ovulating. See a doctor immediately. You will probably need medication or serious lifestyle modifications in order to ovulate.
WHERE SHOULD I GO IF I HAVE FERTILITY PROBLEMS OR WOULD LIKE TO GET ADVICE ABOUT FERTILITY:
The My Sexual Health doctors, like many other GPs and gynaecologists, can do the basic investigations to determine if there are any treatable causes for your infertility. We check hormones, do sperm counts, look for other medical conditions, check for infections, give advice about timing and products to use and do physical examinations.
If you have had these baseline investigations and nothing has been found, or if you have been diagnosed with a condition known to cause infertility like endometriosis, PCOS, blocked tubes and anatomical abnormalities, we suggest that you go straight to a fertility specialist.
A special note from the My Sexual Health Doctors: "There is a difference between true fertility specialists and gynaecologists with an interest in fertility. In South Africa, the My Sexual Health doctors have a trusted relationship with Vitalab (www.vitalab.com) in Sandton, particularly Dr. Stephan Volschenk. Prof. Kruger in Cape Town and MedFem in Johannesburg also have excellent reputations. In our experience, the process of fertility treatment is so expensive and emotionally taxing, that it is advisable to use a facility with state of the art equipment and the best trained doctors.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPERM-I-PROVE:
- Sperm Morphology
- Sperm Motility
- Sperm Quantity
- Increases Pregnancy Rates
Spermatogenesis, or the production of sperm, takes approximately 74 days or 10 weeks. Each sperm consists of a head, mid piece and tail. The head contains the genetic material, the mid piece produces the energy required for all the swimming and the tail propels the sperm towards the egg. The sperm is produced in the testis and then the sperm is moved into the epididymis where it matures. The sperm remains in the epididymis between 2 and 10 days. If the sperm is not ejaculated it dies and is reabsorbed by the body.
During ejaculation, the sperm is mixed with semen (from the prostate and seminal vesicles) and is released into the female’s body. Sperms have the ability to “smell” the egg, and in order to reach the egg, the sperm must first survive the acidic environment of the vagina, swim through the cervix into the uterus, and into the correct Fallopian tube to find the egg. When the sperm reaches the egg, it requires enzymes and a lot of energy to penetrate the egg. Only one sperm will penetrate the egg and release its genetic material to fertilise the egg.
If not enough normal sperm is produced, the male will not be able to fertilise the female.
Because it takes a long time for sperm to be produced, the probability is good that sperm will be damaged during the production period.
The following factors may also influence sperm production and quality
- Excessive alcohol use
- Substance abuse
- Environmental exposure to chemicals and metals
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Testicular overheating (for example wearing tight underpants and taking hot baths)
- Exposure to radiation
- Vigorous exercise and malnutrition
- Physiological deficiencies and some diseases
This is why your doctor will recommend a semen analysis if your partner struggles to conceive. You should abstain from ejaculation for exactly three days before delivering a sample for analysis. Your semen/sperm will be analysed against these known parameters:
> 1.5 milliliter (ml)
Concentration or sperm count (How many sperms)
Minimum of 20 million sperm per ml
Motility (How many swim)
Morphology (shape of sperm)
Vitality (how many is dead and how many alive)
60% must be motile or alive
DNA Fragmentation (To see how many DNA is normal)
Statistics at fertility clinics indicate that male infertility is increasing. In order to improve the concentration (sperm count) and the quality of sperm, men should identify and avoid environmental exposure, adapt their lifestyle and establish a balanced diet.
Sometimes all the above is not enough and men may need a supplement that will provide specific nutrients at the correct dosage required during the production and maturation process of the sperm. But, more is not necessarily better. High dosages of multivitamins and minerals may have a negative effect on the production and maturation of sperms.
Delfran, a specialist fertility company, developed Sperm-I-Prove with the assistance of world leading sperm and fertility specialists. Sperm-I-Prove capsules contains the correct combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folic acid and Zinc that is required during the production and development of sperm, and their antioxidant effect protects the sperm against damage from oxidants.
Sperm-I-Prove contains 60 capsules per container. Sperm-I-Prove should be used for at least three months (you'll therefore require 3 containers) to allow for new quality sperm to be produced. Normally, your specialist will request another semen/sperm analysis to confirm an improvement in sperm quality. If the results are positive, it will improve the chance of your partner becoming pregnant and it is recommended that Sperm-I-Prove be taken during this period as well to maintain the production of quality sperm and to protect the sperm maturing in the epididymis.
Specifically developed to help sperm motility and morphology, it has been shown to significantly improve pregnancy rates.