Save the sperm: Understanding male fertility
When trying to conceive without success, many people are surprised to learn that about half of the time, a male factor fertility issue may be at least partly responsible. Understanding male fertility can help men and couples improve their chances of having a baby, and may also clarify whether it’s time to get help from one of our Louisiana fertility specialists.
The keys to understanding male fertility
One factor to keep in mind is that a man’s testicles have a built-in cooling mechanism, designed by nature to keep sperm at just the right temperature. While research is currently inconclusive, many experts think that overheating the testicles can damage sperm, which is why you might read that men should avoid tight clothing and exposure to extreme heat, such as hot tubs.
Perhaps more important, a man’s overall health affects his fertility, as can many lifestyle factors such as weight, diet, exercise and exposure to toxins. For example, men who are obese may be more likely to have a lower sperm count and fewer motile sperm, and may also be more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Losing weight and getting more exercise can improve your sperm parameters.
Understanding male fertility starts with knowing what to do – and what not to do – to naturally improve your sperm quantity and quality, which may increase your chances of fathering a child.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a nutritious diet, with a good balance of lean protein and plant-based foods
- Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable underwear and clothing
- See a fertility specialist for a semen analysis
- Avoid drugs, smoking and moderate to heavy alcohol consumption
- Don’t carry your cell phone in your front pocket
- Avoid taking testosterone supplements and anabolic steroids
- Don’t take any “fertility supplements” without the advice of a fertility specialist
- Don’t wait to see a fertility specialist if you have been treated for cancer or have a chronic medical condition that could affect your fertility
Let’s hear it for the boys
It takes two to tango, so understanding male fertility is an important part of making a baby. If you’ve been trying to conceive on your own for a year or longer – or six months if the female partner is 35 or older – don’t wait to get help from one of our Louisiana fertility specialists. A full fertility work-up of both partners is likely to find the answers you need, so you can finally have the baby you’ve been hoping for.
For more information about understanding male fertility, contact us to schedule a consultation.