The following tips can help to increase male fertility, which gives a healthy and mature female egg a better chance of being fertilized.
7 Tips for Boosting Male Fertility
- Don’t wait too long. Everyone knows that the longer women wait, the harder it is for them to get pregnant. What most people don’t realize, is that the same is true for men. Male sperm motility and DNA is directly affected by their age. Studies have shown that sperm motility (their ability to swim), sperm morphology (their physiological shape and function) as well as semen volume are all negatively affected by age. Sperm deterioration is most prevalent after the age of 35 and the partners of older men are also more likely to experience miscarriages.
- Maintain a healthy BMI. Male obesity is linked directly to low sperm count. The lower the sperm count, the harder it is for a healthy sperm to reach the egg. The ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) for both men and women is 18.5 and 24.9, however, these calculations are run using your gender, height, weight, and lifestyle. If your BMI is 25 or higher, make it a point to lose weight safely, and with the guidance of your healthcare professional.
- Eat well. We bet you aren’t surprised by this one. The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is 100% correct. Eat a well-balanced diet, laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, fiber, whole-grains and lean meats. The less processed your foods the better. Anti-oxidants have also been shown to boost healthy sperm counts, so consume anti-oxidant rich foods for optimal results.
- Invest in pesticide-free products. Pesticides are proven to cause reproductive problems for men and women. Notice we didn’t use the word, “Organic?” Anything with an Organic label is safe, but many small farmers and food producers can’t afford the costs with the labeling requirements. Therefore, look for any food products labeled pesticide- and chemical-free.
- Keep your sperm comfortable. Any situations that elevate testicular temperatures, can affect sperm count and motility. While hot tubs and saunas are obvious culprits, working with a laptop directly on the lap for extended periods of time or extended tanning bed sessions can also be a factor. Try to keep your testicles at a normal temperature when trying to conceive.
- Quit smoking. Smoking, as well as recreational drug use, damages sperm. But hey, in this moment, the more important issue is that they are also damaging you. If you have a tobacco or drug addiction, work with your healthcare professional or another trusted resource to quiet. Second-and third hand smoke are linked to serious health consequences for your unborn baby and child. The healthier you are, the better parent and partner you will be.
- Chill-out. Stress, depression, anxiety and poor sleep habits are not good for fertility. While they may not have a direct effect on your sperm count or morphology, they can affect male fertility in terms of libido issues or an inability to get an erection. The ideal scenario for fertility involves two parents who are both health in mind, body and spirit. If you suffer from chronic stress or depression, adjust your diet and exercise routine for the better, and work with a caring professional if needed.