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A Doctor’s Journey to Help Men Make the Infertility Journey a Success

Written by: Dr. Brian Steixner

A Doctor’s Journey to Help Men Make the Infertility Journey a Success

Embarking on the fertility journey can often make one feel as if everything lies beyond their control. The path is fraught with numerous doctor's appointments, frequent blood draws, and an abundance of needles that can be overwhelming.  It is emotionally, physically, and financially draining, on unimaginable levels. Having experienced both sides of this journey, I can speak from the dual perspective of an Ivy League-trained doctor who treated couples struggling with infertility and a husband who watched his wife navigate this complex process.

Now, on the other side of this arduous marathon, with a healthy son and daughter to show for all the hard work. Looking back at our journey, I couldn't help but ponder if there might be a more supportive role for men in this process—a way for them to actively contribute while their partners bear the weight of this tremendous effort. This contemplation gave birth to Popstar, a unique men's semen health supplement meticulously crafted to enhance fertility while adding some fun to the process.

Following our first failed IVF cycle, I started looking critically at ways that I could positively impact my sperm health. I had Ivy League fertility doctors and treatments at my fingertips. Yet I was still unable to find concrete evidence of what would work. Eat healthy, exercise, and try not to stress were common recommendations, but what I was looking for was something better. A way to help promote healthy and viable sperm, enhance their ability to swim, and support their ability to make the journey toward success. However, I wanted it also to be fun. There was already enough stress with this journey.

My research kept directing me back to the nutrition component of my health. There was enough evidence to support what I already knew - that limiting processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, along with hormone-induced dairy products had negative impacts on a cellular level that literally affects everything. What surprised me was the different scientific opinions on basic supplements and their impacts. Popstar’s journey had begun. I reached out to world-renowned sexual medicine expert Joshua Gonzalez MD and asked him to help. Together, after years of research, we would create Popstar. We were able to source the highest quality, vegan, non-GMO, fair-trade ingredients for sperm health. At the same time, we were able to study the science behind semen volume and taste. Popstar would be more than just the basics of what men need to maximize sperm health, it would be a total semen health and wellness supplement with a focus on empowering men in a way men would find stylish and cool.

What is Popstar? It is a unique blend of 6 key ingredients put together for the first time ever. It is a supplement men can take for total semen health and to maximize fertility and wellness. However, it is also designed to enhance semen volume and taste. A supplement men can be proud of and one designed to make the process empowering. This journey can be tough, but we wanted to make it better. Our ingredients are rooted in science and designed to take out the filler and unneeded stuff. Only what works and in the right amount for all men on a journey for fertility.


Zinc is an essential mineral that is crucial to male reproductive health. It's involved in the production of testosterone, the hormone responsible for sperm production. Zinc supplementation has been linked to increased sperm count and improved sperm motility. Additionally, zinc contributes to the overall quality of sperm DNA.


L-arginine is an amino acid that is vital for sperm health. A study from Washington University in St Louis has shown that supplementing with L-Arginine can lead to increases in sperm production in as little as 6 weeks. L-arginine has also been shown to improve sperm motility and quality leading to an increased chance of conception in couples.


Pygeum inhibits a hormone in the body that is bad for sperm development. It reduces a potentially negative receptor for the hormone DHT, leading to improved sexual function and better sperm counts. In addition, through effects on DHT, Pygeum improves semen volume and viscosity allowing sperm to survive longer on their journey to a woman’s egg. Finally, Pygeum improves prostate and seminal fluids, both necessary to provide the optimal environment to support sperm health.


Lecithin is a lipid or fat that is a key structural and functional component of cell membranes. It aids in boosting semen volume by promoting an increased production of prostate and seminal fluid. These fluids provide vital food and support for sperm as they pass and are stored in a man’s body. Lecithin not only provides a better environment for sperm to live, but it also increases the overall volume and thickness of semen, a much-needed change for increased fertility rates.


Fructose is the primary sugar used by sperm for health and motility. Normally released by the seminal vesical, Fructose makes up over 70% of the semen volume. It is the food source for sperm, also associated with healthier and more motile sperm.


Bromelain is a key group of enzymes found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple plant. It has numerous immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. In addition, Bromelain has been reported to improve the flavor and taste of semen.

An understanding and focus on providing a man’s body with the highest quality supplement can help to reduce anxiety over the fertility process and maximize success. Stepping into a proactive mindset and regaining control is the goal of Popstar. Empowerment, confidence, and success are what we stand for. We want to make the largest difference for men and do it in a way that men can understand and be proud of. 

I look back on my journey often, and how I wished I had the benefits of Popstar at my fingertips at that time.  It takes a critical mindset shift for men to understand that they can make a big impact in this process, Popstar is designed to put confidence in the journey for optimal fertility health.

Dr. Brian Steixner

Dr. Brian Steixner

Dr. Brian Steixner is a board-certified urologist and an expert in men’s sexual medicine. He completed his General Surgery and Urology training at The University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the busiest and most comprehensive programs in the nation. During his career, Brian has treated thousands of men with sexual health issues including male factor infertility.