Infertility has been viewed as a female only problem. Male fertility problems have come under the scanner as well with the advance of modern medicine. Like all medical condition, male in fertility is fraught with a number of myths, some of which are as atrocious as the suggestion that masturbation could lead to lowering of sperm count and that abstinence is the key to boosting sperm count.
2. Healthy diet A healthy diet is important to our well-being, but if you suffer from a fertility issue or are trying to get pregnant, keeping what you eat in check will become even more important. Vitamin E and L-Carnitine supplements also help in promoting the quantity and quality of sperm. Proceptin also comes highly recommended though you should ask your healthcare provider for advice on whether it is suited for you or not.
3. Don’t expose yourself to pro-oxidants and toxins Pro-oxidants and toxins are known to decrease male fertility. Even in moderation, narcotic and some prescription drugs, alcohol and cigarettes can cause your sperm count, quality and mobility to drop significantly. If you can’t give up toxins like tea and coffee, try decaffeinated versions or health boosting varieties and consume them in moderation. If you must smoke, try an e-cigarette instead of your regular tobacco variant.
4. Keep your boys cool Sperm don’t do too well in heat, which is why if you’re trying to conceive you should try to avoid wearing tight underwear, tight jeans tight fitting biking shorts, or any form of tight clothing that may cause the area round your groin to retain heat. Visiting saunas or chilling in the hot tub is also a no-no, though hot showers are fine as long as they don’t last longer than half an hour. You can also try to shower or bathe in lukewarm water instead of water that is very high, to keep your sperm cool and in good health without catching a cold.
5. Exposure to chemicals Toxic chemicals and chemicals that are commonly found in a regular household products are also known to deter sperm production. If you live or work in an environment where you may be exposed to chemicals, like benzene, petrochemicals, heavy metals, chemical fertilizers, radiation, plastics and paints of certain kinds, herbicides and pesticides, you should contact your physician immediately and get yourself tested to see if these chemicals are hindering your boys’ ability to swim.
6. Interference from drugs Most muscle building steroids, along with commonly prescribed medication like sulfasalizine, nitrofurantoin and Tagamet are known to interfere with and impair male fertility. Most of the side effects of these drugs are flushed from your system within a certain period of time and you should eliminate their use when you are trying to conceive. If you are using a prescription medication that can lead to male infertility, ask your doctor to prescribe an alternative that does not impair sperm health.
7. Medical conditions and surgery Partial or complete sterility may be caused by childhood illnesses like mumps, which may explain why you have fertility problems despite being completely healthy. Also, surgeries in the neck of the bladder or a hernia surgery could also hinder sperm production. If you need to have prostate removal surgery or chemotherapy for testicular cancer, have healthy sperm removed and frozen before treatment for future implantation via In-vitro Fertilization (IVF). Men can conceive more children after prostate removal, as long as treatment doesn’t involve radiation or chemotherapy. The procedure involves removing sperm and implanting in the uterus, via In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).
8. Varicocele Varicocele is a condition where a set of varicose veins or a particular vein in the testicles becomes dilated, and blood is able to flow in, but is unable to circulate and exit the scrotum. This causes the testicles to become overheated, which damages or kills the sperm. It is one of the most common fertility-impairing problems in men, resulting in low sperm count, low sperm motility(ability of the sperm to swim) or low sperm morphology (normal shaped sperm heads and tails). A number of surgical and non surgical treatments for the condition are currently available. It normally takes 9-12 months for the treatment to be successful, and allow normal healthy sperm production to resume.
9. Tight fitting Pants or Underwear The testicles are located on the outside of the body for a reason, due to sperm are very sensitive to temperature increase or decease. Wearing tight fitting jeans, underwear, biking shorts or sitting for long periods of time, can press the testicles against the skin for an extended period of time, thus raising the temperature inside the testicles. This can damage or kill the sperm resulting in low sperm count, low sperm motility(ability of the sperm to swim) or low sperm morphology (normal shaped sperm heads and tails).
10. Herbs that help Ginseng, saw palmetto and flaxseed oil come highly recommended for boosting fertility in men. A good herbalist would be able to write you a nice prescription and also tell you which brands are the best at getting the job done.