Nine Things Every Man Should Know About Fertility

In the world of today, it is especially important for every man and woman to know certain things about fertility as that will help them to be able to manage fertility when you’re trying to get pregnant.

Consider Your Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcohol in high levels can lower fertility and affect your liver, which in turn affects hormone levels. Marijuana and other drugs like opiates also affect the hormones required in sperm production. To boost fertility, stay away from alcohol and drugs.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
High blood pressure and cholesterol can cause erectile dysfunction and also hamper your chance of getting your partner pregnant. A study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo, and Emory University in Atlanta found that couples who had collectively high cholesterol levels took the longest time to get pregnant.

Watch your Weight
The healthier the body, the healthier the sperm. A study by Harvard School of Public Health found that overweight men were 11 percent more likely to have a low sperm count and 39 percent more likely to have no sperm at all in their ejaculate than normal-weight men.

The research findings was even worse for men who were obese; they were 42 percent more likely to have a low sperm count and 81 percent more likely to produce no sperm than men at a normal weight.

Quit The Cigarettes
Smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, it can also have serious effects on your fertility. Smoking is known to affect sperm count, motion, and general health of sperm.

As a matter of fact, Tobacco metabolites can even be found in semen. The good news however is that sperm health seems to bounce back relatively quickly once men quit.

Get Plenty Sleep
It’s important to use your bed for more than just sex when you’re trying to make a baby. A study at Boston University School of Public Health followed nearly 800 couples who were trying to conceive and found that men who slept less than six hours and more than nine hours a night had a 42 percent lower probability of getting their partners pregnant than men who slept seven to eight hours each night.

Researchers believe hormones are likely to blame for the lower chance of pregnancy; testosterone is crucial for sperm production and most of it is produced when men are asleep.

Do A Sperm Count
Women often track their ovulation at home to determine the small window each month when they have the greatest chance of conceiving. Now, men can monitor something of their very own, by performing a sperm count.

Furthermore, a new testing which can be conducted at home known as the Trak Male Fertility Testing System can help men measure their sperm count. A corresponding app then allows them to track their daily habits (eating, sleep, exercise, etc.) to determine how those factors may be affecting their sperm health.

Reduce Caffeine Consumption
You and your partner should limit caffeine intake to boost your fertility if you’re trying to have a baby. A new study in the journal Reproductive Toxicology found that men who consumed more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day had a lower chance of getting their partner pregnant compared to those who took in less caffeine.

Stay Away From Heat
Heat can be damaging to the testicles. There’s a reason they have a slightly lower temperature than the rest of the body, they function better that way. Avoid hot tubs or anything that heats up your pelvis area, like laptops or heat packs,

Eat Vegetables
When you want to have a baby, it is important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only does having enough vitamins and minerals contribute to overall sperm health, Spanish researchers found that the antioxidants found in many types of produce is associated with better semen quality.

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