The effects of Oxidative stress can be devastating to your body’s cells and especially your sperm cells:
- Sperm have a special membrane that allow them to fuse with an egg during fertilisation. Oxidative stress can damage this membrane preventing fertilisation.
- 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.
- Oxidative stress breaks down the sperm’s natural defences. The sperm is more likely to become damaged and not complete its journey.
- The sperm’s tail can be damaged by oxidative stress, if this happens the sperm cannot swim well.