Struggling with Miscarriage? Damaged Sperm Could Be the Reason.

Beli Vitality is men’s prenatal nutrition that helps achieve optimum sperm health so you can create the family of your dreams.

Miscarriage is difficult in every waymentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It’s also a surprisingly common experience: an estimated one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, most often within the first twelve weeks. 

Don’t lose hope. Even in the absence of clear medical explanation for miscarriage, there is strong evidence that the right fertility nutrition for both women and men can help to reduce your risk of miscarriage happening again. 

Of course, miscarriage is no one’s fault, but couples who are ready to be parents want to do everything in their power to work toward a healthy pregnancy. Nutrition is the first place to look.

So much of miscarriage is out of your hands, but nutrition is something you can control. And focusing on dad’s fuel for fertility can help you bring the baby of your dreams into this world. We dug deep into fertility nutrition research and consulted the experts to create our Beli Vitality Men’s Multivitamin. It’s designed to help men boost sperm health so they can become dads. For men whose partners have struggled with miscarriage, Beli Vitality can be a game-changer.

Too often, couples are caught off guard by miscarriage, and many lack the clear answers that can help them move forward. This was the case for Allison, a mother and blogger who has written movingly of her experience with miscarriage. She was elated after hearing a heartbeat on her initial ultrasound. “I was sent on my way, left to dream up a life for this little baby inside me,” she writes. But, at a OBGYN appointment a month later, there was no longer a heartbeat. “I was honestly stunned,” she writes. “I thought that the chance of having a miscarriage after hearing a heartbeat at 8 weeks was practically zilch (it’s 3% actually).”

Allison and her husband moved forward from this loss, resolved to continue on their path to pregnancy and parenthood. Through her grief, she kept faith. “I just thought we weren’t meant to have that baby but that we would get pregnant a few months later and everything would be fine. There was no way I could be in the small minority that had two miscarriages in a row – that just wasn’t me.”

The loss of any wanted pregnancy can be devastating, and even more so if it happens again. Though the majority of couples who experience miscarriage go on to carry a healthy pregnancy to term, recurrent miscarriage (defined as two or more consecutive miscarriages) is experienced by around 1 in 100 couples. 

Recurrent miscarriage became a reality for Allison and her husband when they experienced a second pregnancy loss. After she became pregnant again, she felt “ecstatic, and really thought that this time everything would be okay.” But Allison was monitored closely because of her previous miscarriage, and her doctors quickly found a problem that led to the devastating loss of this pregnancy, too.  “I really felt like all would be right in the world ‘once I got pregnant again’. I have learned SO MUCH this year about myself, the struggles that so many people go through to have children and so much empathy for them. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever experienced infertility and miscarriage.”

Damaged Sperm Are Linked with Miscarriage

Most couples who miscarry never find out exactly why. Because the majority of women go on to have a successful pregancy following miscarriage, doctors don’t often recommend extensive testing to look into the cause of miscarriage. And many insurance carriers won’t cover testing without an official diagnosis of recurrent miscarriage. Allison and her husband, too, weren’t able to find out precisely what happened. The mystery is a source of frustration for many families who seek answers after being devastated by miscarriage.

The vital importance of a mother’s preconception and prenatal health is common knowledge. Dads have historically been left out of the conversation about preconception health, but research has begun to shed light on the importance of fertility health for fathers, too. 

Simply put, a father’s fertility health can affect his partner’s risk of miscarriage. Sperm is directly responsible for delivering the DNA blueprint that creates a placenta which nourishes the growing baby throughout pregnancy, and oxidative damage to sperm DNA can negatively affect the viability of the pregnancy.

A 2019 study by Imperial College scientists found significantly more DNA damage in the sperm of men whose partners had suffered recurrent miscarriage than in men whose partners had carried a pregnancy to term. Lead author Dr. Channa Jayasena sees in this work evidence of the vital importance of fathers’ fertility health. “Now we realise both partners contribute to recurrent miscarriage,” Dr. Jayasena explains, “we can hopefully get a clearer picture of the problem and start to look for ways of ensuring more pregnancies result in a healthy baby.”

Nutrition for Sperm Health Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Pregnancy

New sperm are made continually and take around three months to mature. That makes the months leading up to conception a crucial time for sperm health. Your preconception window is the best time to prioritize nutrition in order to protect the healthy development of sperm, and Beli Vitality helps ensure your sperm get the support they need to grow up strong.

Antioxidants are high on the list of research-supported dietary interventions that can support male fertility. It’s common to find oxidative damage in high levels in the sperm of men whose partners have miscarried. Following a sperm analysis, the presence of DNA fragmentation is a signal that the concentration of free radicals in semen is too high. There is a growing scientific consensus that the presence of too many free radicals in the body wreaks havoc for male fertility and damages sperm quality.

Luckily, sperm doesn’t have to stay damaged forever. Antioxidant therapy has been shown to reduce oxidative stress and measurably improve sperm health, including raising sperm count, improving sperm mobility, and protecting the DNA integrity of sperm. 

The powerful combination of antioxidants in Beli Vitality Men’s Multivitamin, including zinc, L-Carnitine, L-Arginine, Coenzyme Q10, L-Taurine, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, has been shown to improve all dimensions of sperm health, including sperm count, motility, morphology, and DNA integrity. Beli Vitality is the only men’s preconception multivitamin to contain all of these in our Vitality Antioxidant Blend, plus Shilajit, an adaptogenic mineral shown to improve sperm health in clinical trials. Beli Vitality is backed by nutrotionists because it can help improve sperm health and reduce the risk of recurrent miscarriage.

Following their second miscarriage, Allison’s husband began supplementing with Beli’s antioxidant blend. And there’s a happy ending: they’re now blissfully raising their rainbow baby. “After going through miscarriage,” Allison reflects, “I want families to know that while it may be common, it’s incredibly painful and all of your feelings are valid. Just know it does get better. Try to focus on healing, both emotionally and physically.” If you, too, have struggled with miscarriage, Beli can provide nutritional support that can boost your fertility health. Let Beli help you create the family of your dreams.

Additional Resources

PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. Supplementing with ingredients proven to support women with PCOS can help increase your chances, and so can speaking with your doctor and dietician.

Read More

Science makes it clear that key micronutrients really do play a role in fertility. If you’re researching how exactly that works, and what exactly you should be taking, here’s what to know about the right vitamins and minerals for healthier sperm and eggs.

Read More

An icy-cold, nutrient-dense smoothie is perfect in the dog days of summer, and we've worked up a recipe that makes taking your prenatal vitamins a downright treat. Pair this Beli summer morning smoothie recipe with your Beli prenatals and drink up!

Read More

It’s 2022, and CBD has officially arrived. But what does it mean for couples, and specifically men, trying to conceive? Does CBD have an impact on male fertility? Here’s what the most current research says, and what you should keep in mind about CBD products if a baby is the plan.

Read More

Research shows that the overall health of both biological parents during the preconception window plays a huge role in everything from conception to pregnancy health to the lifetime health of their baby. Luckily, there are simple steps you can both take to improve your health together.

Read More

The decision to add another baby to the family is thrilling. But what happens if trying for baby number two or three isn’t as easy as it was the first time around? Unsurprisingly, secondary infertility can feel like a slap in the face, but understanding more about the issue is always empowering.

Read More

You know that vitamin D is one of those essential nutrients we need to be healthy, and you probably know it’s a key player during pregnancy, too. But did you know that vitamin D may directly influence fertility?

Read More

If you have endometriosis, you can already recite its lengthy list of pretty terrible symptoms. And the standard options for managing those symptoms — medications, hormone therapy, hormonal birth control, estrogen blockers, surgery —  aren’t always great. But there is evidence that a so-called “endometriosis diet” can help.

Read More

These days, men’s prenatal vitamins are part of the fertility and conception conversation — and they should be. Sperm health plays a big role in everything from conception to the health of future generations. But how did we get here? This is the story of Beli Vitality, the men’s prenatal vitamin that started it all.

Read More

"Infertility problems aren’t just all about the woman- it’s about the men too! Beli for men does a great job with taking all of the vitamins and supplements needed and wraps them up into one pill, which is very convenient for him. It has everything from Vitamin C, D, E, B6, B12, Zinc, and more to help increase sperm quality and count!"

Read More

Way back in 2007, a study found that following a “fertility diet” was associated with a lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility and other causes of infertility. Fast forward more than a decade and science once again confirms that a healthy diet can definitely boost fertility.

Read More

There are a few things you can try to get pregnant faster, but they won’t work for everyone. Still, in the interest of positive thinking, we did some digging and came up with 5 obvious and not-so-obvious tips for getting pregnant faster.

Read More

Fertility nutrition is absolutely in your control, so yes, men should take prenatal vitamins if they're trying to have a baby. But if you’re not entirely sold just yet, let’s see what else the science says.

Read More

Is there anything unsexier than scheduled, pressure-ridden, trying-like-hell-to-conceive sex? But good news. We’ve found handy workarounds and tricks of the trade, so forget the basal temperature chart for a second and read on for four ways to keep things hot when you’re TTC.

Read More

The quality of a man’s sperm is measured a few different ways, but spoiler — motility is critical. Read on for a deep dive into this aspect of sperm quality, plus details on how to improve sperm motility.

Read More

There’s an entire body of evidence proving that regular exercise improves sperm quality. And since sperm quality plays a critical role not only in conception, but the health of the placenta and the lifelong health of your future baby, well, that’s pretty compelling motivation for a serious gym habit.

Read More

There is evidence that women on the Pill have lower nutrient levels than those who don’t, and it’s a shortfall that can stick around. Here’s why you really should take prenatal vitamins while you're on birth control, and definitely afterward if you’re trying for a baby.

Read More

It’s 2022, and CBD has officially arrived. But what does it mean for couples, and specifically men, trying to conceive? Does CBD have an impact on male fertility? Here’s what the most current research says, and what you should keep in mind about CBD products if a baby is the plan.

Read More

What if you could improve male fertility with the help of a simple nutrient? In this collaboration with Kat Gal, a holistic health writer, we're sharing evidence that shows L-carnitine offers numerous benefits for male fertility.

Read More

The decision to add another baby to the family is thrilling. But what happens if trying for baby number two or three isn’t as easy as it was the first time around? Unsurprisingly, secondary infertility can feel like a slap in the face, but understanding more about the issue is always empowering.

Read More

These days, men’s prenatal vitamins are part of the fertility and conception conversation — and they should be. Sperm health plays a big role in everything from conception to the health of future generations. But how did we get here? This is the story of Beli Vitality, the men’s prenatal vitamin that started it all.

Read More

Fertility nutrition is absolutely in your control, so yes, men should take prenatal vitamins if they're trying to have a baby. But if you’re not entirely sold just yet, let’s see what else the science says.

Read More

The quality of a man’s sperm is measured a few different ways, but spoiler — motility is critical. Read on for a deep dive into this aspect of sperm quality, plus details on how to improve sperm motility.

Read More

There’s an entire body of evidence proving that regular exercise improves sperm quality. And since sperm quality plays a critical role not only in conception, but the health of the placenta and the lifelong health of your future baby, well, that’s pretty compelling motivation for a serious gym habit.

Read More

We were honored for the opportunity to sit down with Mother Magazine and talk all things, babies, miscarriages and of course prenatal health! Big thanks to everyone at Mother Magazine for supporting us on our mission to educate on the importance of men and women taking an active role in improving their fertility health.

Read More

The Picky Eater reviewed Beli prenatals, and we'll cut right to the chase — they call Beli a great option for any couple looking to improve their chances of conceiving, improve sperm and egg quality, or for support throughout a pregnancy.

Read More

"Infertility problems aren’t just all about the woman- it’s about the men too! Beli for men does a great job with taking all of the vitamins and supplements needed and wraps them up into one pill, which is very convenient for him. It has everything from Vitamin C, D, E, B6, B12, Zinc, and more to help increase sperm quality and count!"

Read More