There are lots of healthy changes that help in increasing fertility in men. While there’s a lot of talk about female fertility cycles, it takes two to tango. Male fertility cycles do exist. It is just that they work a little bit differently because it’s more about planning and making better lifestyle choices. As a future father, find out how you can do your part before deciding to go in for fertility treatment. The lifestyle changes we offer you here will not happen overnight and do require some commitment.
1. Keep things cool
Researchers found that the prolonged exposure of the testicles to heat adversely affect sperm count. Sperm is stored in the testes outside the body, to keep the temperature low. A lower temperature is essential for sperm cells to mature. When trying to conceive and steam rooms might increase scrotal temperatures, decreasing sperm counts and the quality of the sperm. It will also help to avoid wearing tight-fitting pants or placing your laptop directly on the lap during use.
2. Lose weight
Being overweight could mean that you aren’t eating well or exercising, which can affect fertility. What you eat can make a difference. Find out what your proper weight range should be and make the necessary dietary and exercise changes to get there.
3. Follow a healthy diet
Research suggests that in over a third of couples unable to conceive, male infertility plays a part. Aside from being a generally good practice, keeping a healthy weight and eating food rich in antioxidants is important for male fertility. A diet high in fruits and vegetables contains plenty of antioxidants. Avoid highly-processed foods such as chips, processed cereals, pastries, pies, some cakes, and even pizza.
The relationship between stress and fertility is an unclear one. It’s not entirely clear if stress itself can affect the quality or number of sperm, but stress can influence lifestyle choices - such as diet and alcohol consumption which definitely affect sperm.
5. Quit smoking
In men, smoking lowers sperm count and has been found to increase the abnormalities in sperm shape and function. Smoking can cause fertility problems in men. It can reduce the quality of sperm, cause a lower sperm count, and may even cause male sexual impotence.
6. Drink sensibly, if you must
Too much alcohol may reduce zinc levels. It is best to eliminate the consumption of alcohol while trying to conceive. Do keep in mind that when you cut back on alcohol, you are getting healthy along the way and preventing many other major medical complications.
7. Take health supplements
In addition to maintaining a healthy diet full of antioxidants, omega-3s, and vitamins A, C, E, men should also consider taking a daily multivitamin to ensure they're getting all the nutrients they need. You should consult a physician before doing so.
8. Be conscious of age-related fertility changes
Similar to women, men have a ticking biological clock as well. But they experience fertility declines later in life than women do. Research shows that as a man gets older, both the volume and quality of his semen tend to diminish.
Know when to get help!
A series of simple tests can help determine if there are any major factors that limit your chances of conceiving. Problems with sperm also may indicate underlying health concerns such as high blood pressure, heart issues, skin disorders, vascular problems, and endocrine (gland) disorders. It is always wise to consult a specialist when in doubt. Hi-Tech IVF treatment options are available at PFRC to make sure you are in safe hands, ensuring high success rates!