I usually write for women on this blog, but I know there are quite a few male readers. And fertility is far from a female only issue.
We now know that up to 50 per cent of all cases of infertility are associated with a male factor! That figure surprises many, because through generations we’ve been lead to believe fertility is all about women.
Many men discount the need for getting checked out via semen analysis mainly, I believe, out of fear! But burying your head in the sand will not make the problem go away, and it’s far better to be proactive.
With that in mind, here at 7 things men can do right now to improve their fertility and increase the chances of conception.
- Have lots of sex! Forget about your partners focus on her ‘fertile time’ and just try to have sex every two or three days. You do not need to save up sperm. The key thing is to make sure there is a good supply of fresh, healthy sperm at the ready.
- Give up smoking – it can affect the count, motility and shape of the sperm, and most importantly it damages the sperm DNA. One of the most important jobs a man has to do is deliver the DNA! The healthier the better.
- Avoid recreational drugs, as these can affect DNA.
- Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol also affects sperm DNA and can increase both the time it takes to conceive and the risk of miscarriage.
- Do not overexercise. Too much exercise – especially cycling – can divert testosterone away from your testicles and your sperm count will drop.
- Keep your testicles cool – sperm development occurs at temperatures 3 – 4 degrees cooler than body temperature. No Jacuzzis or saunas – but this does not mean keeping a bottle of iced water between your legs.
- Eat well – include lots of vegetables and fruit in your diet and take a good multi vitamin and mineral supplement.
Alert! Any urinary symptoms such as pain on urination or ejaculation or lower abdominal pain could be a sign of infection. It is always a good idea to check yourself out with a full sexual health screen.
The good news is with an early diagnosis, you can get on with the process of trying to improve your reproductive health and not waste time. With state of the art treatments currently available, even the most severe cases of male fertility can often be treated quite effectively.