Did you know that sperm counts in western world have almost halved in the last 50 years and continue to fall at a rate of nearly 2% per year? This alarming trend can be attributed to factors such as high levels of lead and other toxic chemicals in the environment, use of harmful pesticides, certain occupations, increased stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Given below are a few tips for boosting male fertility:
- Regular exercise: Not only does regular exercise help you get in shape and improve your confidence, but it also boosts your testosterone levels. Being physically fit should be a top priority if you want to improve your fertility.
- Vitamin C: An unhealthy lifestyle, disease, aging, and environmental pollution all contribute to overwhelming the body’s immunity and negatively impacts fertility. Vitamin C has been known to counteract some of these harmful effects. There is also some evidence to suggest that vitamin C may help improve semen quality, sperm counts, and sperm motility.
- Stress management: Stress is an inevitable part of today’s world. Inability to effectively cope with stress can increase the levels of the hormone cortisol, which lowers testosterone levels. Mild-to-moderate stress may be relieved by simple measures such as meditation, deep breathing, or simply taking a walk in the park.
- Zinc: Zinc is essential for testosterone synthesis and sperm production. The testes and prostate contain the highest concentration of zinc in the male body. Too little zinc in your diet can result in poor wound healing and impotence. The recommended dietary allowance for zinc for men is 11 mg and can be obtained from eating chicken, sea food, red meat, milk, yogurt, cheese, and nuts.
- Limit alcohol intake: Chronic heavy drinking can interfere with sexual performance. Several studies have shown that excessive drinking may change the shape of the sperm making it difficult to fertilize the egg. Further, consuming alcohol while undergoing fertility treatment such as IVF can significantly increase the risk of miscarriage.
- Lose excess weight: Male obesity has nearly tripled in the last 30 years and has been linked to the increasing incidence of male infertility. Male obesity can not only reduce testosterone levels, but also can cause changes in sperm molecular composition and function.
- Adequate Sleep: According to the Journal Fertility & Sterility, 7-8 hours of sleep is ideal for sperm health. In a study of nearly 700 couples, men sleeping less than 6 hours were 31% less likely to impregnate their partners whereas those who slept for 9 hours or even longer were 49% less likely to do so.
While some causes of infertility require treatment by a fertility specialist, incorporating the tips mentioned above will certainly improve your chances of becoming a father.
ReproMed fertility clinics are located throughout Dallas, Grapevine, McKinney, Rockwall and in Tyler, Texas, giving patients convenient access to experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate reproductive health specialists. Contact us for an appointment today.