1 in 5 men have poor quality or low sperm count and the following tips, guide you on how to get pregnant, by protecting sperm from deteriorating! Fertility Tips galore here!
It was once thought that men remained equally fertile throughout their lives. But scientists now believe that the quality and quantity of sperm falls slowly as men get older, with male fertility declining steadily after the age of 50. Whether the father's age is linked to problems such as learning difficulties in the child is uncertain.
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Fertility problems in men may be caused by "oxidative stress" – the effects of highly reactive molecules in the body that can cause cell damage. Oxidative stress is linked to lifestyle factors such as obesity, alcohol, diet, pollutants and smoking. Studies have shown that men with fertility problems who take antioxidant supplements (vitamin E, vitamin C, folic acid) and zinc and fish oils, increase the chance of conceiving.
In 2009, the Vatican published a report claiming that male infertility had increased because of synthetic female hormones from the Pill. It argued that female hormones released into the sewage system find their way into the water supply. The report was viewed with scepticism by many scientists, who pointed out that the body's digestive system breaks down oestrogen, so it is unlikely to be released into the environment.
Bottom line: Case unprovenDiet
A healthy diet will help maintain healthy sperm, but there is little evidence that veganism, vegetarianism or protein-rich diets have any dramatic effect. There is certainly no truth in the claim that meat-eaters are more virile. "India has more than a billion people, 70 per cent of whom are vegetarian," says Dr Siladitya Bhattacharya, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Aberdeen University. Chemicals called phytoestrogens, which are found in foods including soy, coffee and beer, have been linked to lower sperm counts, but the link is not proven. In south-east Asia, where soy is a staple, there is no evidence of declining fertility.
Physically fit men tend to have healthier sperm. Still, excessive exercise (especially in combination with illicit bodybuilding steroids and other drugs) can decrease testosterone production and lower sperm counts. Exercise can help control weight and flood the body with stress-busting hormones.
Bottom line: Exercise regularly but don't overdo it, and stay off the steroids
More sex means the number of sperm in any given ejaculation declines. Intercourse every two or three days is thought to be the optimum for couples wishing to conceive. Having sex every day will probably decrease the chances of conception.
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There is good evidence that keeping the testicles warm will reduce sperm counts. "Don't wear tight underpants," says Dr Pacey. Resting a laptop on the lap really can impair a man's ability to conceive – not due to the transmission of Wi-Fi signals, but because of the heat generated by portable computers. The negative effects of cycling on male fertility that are found in some studies are probably related to the warmth generated in the crotch area. A decent saddle and padded cycle shorts will help.
Bottom line: Keep it cool
Untreated sexually transmitted infections are one of the main causes of male infertility. Men exposed to the infection chlamydia, which is symptomless in males, can have problems in the testicular vesicles, where sperm is stored. Gonorrhoea, too, can affect male fertility. Mumps can sometimes lead to permanent damage to the testicles or even lead to male sterility.
Bottom line: Use a condom and consider getting tested for chlamydia. Ensure you have been vaccinated against mumps, and that your children have their MMR vaccinationsMobile phones, washing machines, wifi signals
Low-level ionising radiation is found in the natural environment and is harmless. But higher levels produced by materials such as uranium and plutonium, cosmic rays from space, X-rays, and medical techniques such as radiotherapy may damage the genetic material in cells and theoretically pose a risk to male fertility. There is little evidence that frequent air travel or proximity to a nuclear power station affects sperm.
Bottom line: Probably not a worry. If your job means you are at risk from radiation, training and protection should be providedRecreational drugs
Some studies suggest that the regular consumption of drugs such as cannabis and cocaine can impair male fertility. Cannabis seems to dramatically affect sperm, making them swim too fast and "burn out" before they reach the egg. Prescribed drugs can also adversely affect fertility, so anyone taking medication and wishing to conceive should talk to their doctor.
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Stress can cause hormone changes that may affect male fertility, but it is far from proven. "I don't know of any studies showing that stress is directly linked to sperm production," says Dr Bhattacharya. Stress may affect how regularly you have sex.
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Being overweight or obese has been linked in some studies to poor sperm quality – but so has to be underweight. Scientists think this happens because oestrogen, usually present at low levels in men, maybe released from fat cells and affect male fertility. Low body weight may result from chronic disease or poor diet, which could both affect fertility.
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