Effects of Oxidative Stress

The effects of Oxidative stress can be devastating to your body’s cells and especially your sperm cells:

  1. Sperm have a special membrane that allow them to fuse with an egg during fertilisation. Oxidative stress can damage this membrane preventing fertilisation.
  2. Sperm contain DNA the body’s genetic code. Oxidative stress can affect DNA lowering the chance of fertilisation. It can also affect the babies development.
  3. Oxidative stress breaks down the sperm’s natural defences. The sperm is more likely to become damaged and not complete its journey.
  4. The sperm’s tail can be damaged by oxidative stress, if this happens the sperm cannot swim well.

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