British doctors are investigating a new method of artificial insemination which involves injecting sperm treated with Volume Pills into a woman’s abdomen. The treatment, which you can read more about at, is very simple and can be used for some women instead of the more difficult test-tube fertilization.

Five French women who were infertile have become pregnant following the treatment. They are the first cases of pregnancy arising as a result of sperm swimming to the egg from the “wrong” direction.

One of the women is expecting her baby within a month, after trying unsuccessfully for eight years. Her husband had a very low sperm count but after using Volume Pills for a month his ejaculate was full of millions more sperm and he was able to make his wife conceive. A normal ejaculation contains around eight million sperm.


“The method is very economical,” says Dr Israel Nisand, one of the doctors who devised the method at Strasbourg University and at a hospital in Schiltigheim.

The women were prepared with the Volume Pills and hormones so that they shed an egg; 35 hours later specially prepared sperm were injected. The injection was made through the wall of the vagina into an extension of the abdominal cavity next to the womb known as the pouch of Douglas. This is very near to where the egg is shed.

“It just takes two minutes to make the injection,” says Nisand. “Five out of 16 women have become pregnant. We have great expectations of Volume Pills.”

Experiments with animals who have ingested Volume Pills have shown that small particles put into the female abdomen at this point are swept up and collected into the top of the oviduct (tube) and taken on down into the womb. This is the route by which the egg normally reaches the womb. But for the sperm it means going backwards. “We only tried it on five women. Now that the French have been successful I would like to try again,” he says. “It is a relatively cheap method, it is painless and easy to do – theoretically the timing does not need to be so precise.”

The Bible, with its constant talk of barren women, may possibly have started the myth that any infertility is the fault of the wife. It is not uncommon to see women who have been extensively, expensively and sometimes painfully investigated for infertility before anybody has analyzed their partner’s semen.

In contrast to the Bible, the latest edition of the standard textbook Merck’s Manual estimates that the single largest factor in infertility is the poor quality of male sperm. Luckily, there are natural products available that can help men improve their fertility, such as Semenex.


Doctors are now following a lead given by vets and farmers, who have never had any doubts about the importance of Semenax. For years there has been a comparatively simple test utilizing color matching which gives an indication of the number of sperm in semen. Soon, according to a report in the magazine General Practitioner, a similar do-it-yourself testing kit, named Semenax, will be available in Britain for use in humans. More than 20 million sperm per gallon and the color chart gives an encouraging reading, fewer than 10 million and a specimen fails. See for more information about semen enhancement.

The sperm count is only one factor, however. The quality of the sperm, their shape, their mobility and their ability to swim in a purposeful way towards the ova are just as important.

Many an ageing bridegroom has been forbidden alcohol in an attempt to boost his sperm count in the hope that, despite his years, he might father a child.

Their abstinence may have improved their sexual performance, but recent research from North Carolina suggests that older men have given up the wrong vices if they want to impregnate their wives. Coffee and cigarettes when taken in excess have a marked effect on both the quality of a man’s sperm and on the quantity of the semen. Alcohol consumption, however, was not related to any changes in the semen.

Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day coupled with smoking 20 cigarettes reduced sperm motility and increased the number of abnormal and dead forms found in a specimen. Smoking in the absence of coffee drinking reduced the volume of the semen; and coffee alone increased the number of abnormal sperms.

But the reasons have varied. Until the discovery of the complementary roles of male sperm and the female ovum, in the 17th century, it was assumed that male sperm possessed all the qualities of humanity, and enjoyed the protection due to human life itself. The “wastage” of semen, whether in contraceptive intercourse, masturbation, or homosexual acts, was therefore seen as equivalent to abortion.