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What Can Men Do to Increase Fertility?

When couples experience infertility, the challenges they’re facing may be because of problems with the man, the woman or both. When men are unable to get their partner pregnant, it’s usually because of problems with sexual function or with sperm cells. What can men do to increase fertility? 

While not all causes of infertility are treatable, there are some things men can do to improve their overall health, which may also help to improve sperm quality. For guidance from compassionate and knowledgeable experts in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, reach out to the Center for Reproductive Health.

Developing Better Habits

Men who wish to have the best chance of fathering a child should work on making good lifestyle choices and developing healthy habits. High body mass index (BMI) may have an impact on sperm movement and quality, so it’s a good idea to work on attaining a healthy weight. Food choices should emphasize wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, especially those that are high in antioxidants. Limit consumption of trans fatty acids and highly processed foods.

Physical activity is an important part of overall health for both men and women. In men, regular activity is crucial for sperm health. For men who have been leading a sedentary lifestyle, committing to a program of regular exercise can help to boost testosterone levels, which may improve fertility and it can also help to decrease body fat.

Other Factors That May Affect Fertility in Men

There are many factors that may be affecting fertility in men. Some of these include:

  • Stress. Stress can be harmful to both mental and physical health. Being under prolonged stress may affect testosterone levels and libido. Men who want to increase fertility need to learn ways to unwind and destress, which includes making time to get plenty of sleep. Sleep helps the body to recharge and can help men improve their ability to cope with stress.
  • Unhealthy habits. Men with unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking to excess or dabbling in street drugs need to work on breaking these habits. Heavy drinking, cigarette smoke, cocaine and marijuana can all affect testosterone levels as well as sperm production and motility. Men who drink should do so moderately, which means no more than two drinks a day.
  • Chemicals. Exposure to toxic chemicals can affect male fertility. Men who work in an environment where they may be exposed to pesticides or other toxins should be sure to wear protective clothing such as masks and googles and should be careful to avoid letting skin come in contact with chemicals. 
  • Overheating. Overheating the scrotum can impact fertility in men. It’s a good idea to avoid hot tubs and saunas and wear loose fitting underwear. Men who spend a lot of time in a hot environment should take regular breaks to cool off.

The team at the Center for Reproductive Health is committed to helping both men and women overcome fertility challenges. For more information on increasing male fertility, schedule a consultation today.