What is male infertility?
When people think about infertility, many put the blame on the female partner. Few realize that a man’s fertility can play just as large of a role. Fortunately, there are many things you can start doing today to aid in boosting male fertility.
Boosting your sperm count
A low sperm count is defined as under 40 million sperm per cubic centimeter. Low or poor sperm counts are attributed to many factors including environmental toxins, such as chemicals, radiation, heavy drug or alcohol use, and cigarette smoking. Heat –– including hot baths, saunas, and prolonged sitting –– can all elevate temperatures and suppress sperm production.
Tips for boosting male fertility
Reduce chemical exposure
Avoid plastic containers for food storage, eat organic as much as possible, and avoid high-fat animal products that contain added hormones, like red meat and dairy. In addition, lower your exposure to synthetic deodorants and other chlorinated products, such as bleach.
Make sure you’re consuming a healthy, balanced diet packed with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid heavy drinking, refined carbohydrates, caffeinated beverages, and foods with artificial additives and added hormones.
Exercising five times a week for at least 45 minutes can help boost male fertility by aiding in weight loss or maintenance. Some studies have shown a correlation between excess weight and lowered sperm quality.
Take nutritional supplements
Some of the most important nutritional supplements for male fertility include vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C prevents sperm clumping and sticking, and zinc increases testosterone levels, sperm count, and sperm motility.
Stress can take a toll on sperm production, so try to de-stress by practicing some relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, or a massage. Further, make sure you’re getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Be careful with heat
Do your best to avoid saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs, as they can significantly raise your body temperature, which can lead to adverse effects on the quality of your sperm. Other high-heat culprits include laptop computers.
There are many things you can start doing today to boost your fertility. If you’re concerned about your fertility, it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional. The reproductive specialists at Center for Reproductive Medicine can help you. Call 612-863-5390 to schedule your appointment today.