Israeli researchers suggested last week on annual conference held by the Israel Fertility Association that visible light waves boost sperm motility because when radiation is applied the light waves carry particles of oxygen known as reactive oxygen species and then these molecules that include oxygen ions and peroxides consequently boost sperm motility.
Improved sperm motility is not the only positive outcome of the radiation treatment because the scientists found that they had immediate effect on increase of protein kinase A (PKA), which is an enzyme responsible for a number of key sperm cell functions, and they also noticed an increase in the movement of calcium ions within the sperm cells, which is of course a good thing.
Anyway what does all that increase of proteins and movement of calcium ions within the sperm cells and then boost of motility actually mean in a practical sense? Okay they do not plan to radiate men There is a connection with in vitro fertilization because during IVF sperm goes through a lot of stress or changes if you prefer this way. First, normally man ejaculates it and then the sperm should be able to fertilize the egg. But, unfortunately it is not always that simple. Mostly because there are more men today who have issues with either low sperm count, sperm motility or sperm abnormal sperm shape. So, if the radiation can truly improve the sperm's ability to fertilize because it could improve its motility, this would consequently mean higher chances of successful in-vitro fertilization. Great news, don't you think?
IVF cycles are very expensive, not to mention the emotional stress and expectations most couples go through with IVF cycle. A boost in IVF cycle success rate could mean a lot to most of the couples not just financially, but also emotionally. In numbers, almost 27.000 IVF treatments were administered to couples in 2007. Of all couples only 4,500 ended the treatment with the happiest result possible: the birth of their baby. This leads to conclusion that a success rate of IVF treatment is 17 percent, which many times include repetitive, expensive and exhausting IVF cycles.