Male Fertility

 

Lifestyle Factors & Male Infertility

Can you really improve your chances for conception?

You can take several steps to improve your chances of producing the healthiest sperm possible. The following tips will help you improve your odds of conceiving.

  • Make sure that you take a daily multi-vitamin because they provide vitamins C and E, which help the sperm perform at top levels.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in the sperm health.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. An increased amount of body fat can interfere with the production of your reproductive hormones and contribute to the production of abnormal sperm.
  • While trying to have a baby, you need to think about the exercises you choose. Long distance cycling can decrease sperm count as well as increase the number of abnormal sperm found. Sitting on a bike for long periods of time can drastically reduce blood flow, which can lead to problems with ejaculation. The rugged terrain associated with mountain biking is thought to cause damage to the nerves and blood supply of the penis and scrotum. If you choose to cycle, plan to ride on smooth terrain for only 30 minutes at a time.     
  • Temperature can also play a major a role in sperm production, so be aware of the heat around your testicles. Testicles function best when the temperature is 1 to 2 degrees lower than the core body temperature. A temperature change as small as a quarter of a degree can make a big difference. Heated seats in the car can increase the temperature in the testicles and cause problems with fertility. You also need to limit your time in hot tubs, hot baths, or saunas to less than 30 minutes because longer sessions can make the testicular temperature rise, which may impair sperm production.
  • Cut out tobacco and limit alcohol consumption because they can interfere with the sperm’s DNA and lead to the production of abnormal sperm. Heavy drinking can also interfere with sperm quality and cause more abnormal sperm to be produced. Stick to just one to two drinks a day if you choose to consume alcoholic beverages. Stay clear of any illicit drugs since these substances can increase the likelihood of sperm abnormalities.

Implementing healthy lifestyle choices will help promote your fertility.

By changing habits that will decrease your fertility potential and making better decisions, you can feel like you have done everything to help your chances of conceiving.