Boosting Male Fertility
Conceiving a baby is a two-person endeavor (even if the pregnancy part is up to you). That’s why it’s a good idea to help maximize your man’s fertility.
When it comes to conceiving a baby, a woman’s fertility is only part of the equation. Male fertility plays a role in baby making, too — after all, it takes two to get the job done! Fortunately, increasing your man’s baby-making ability doesn’t have to be difficult. These tips will help ensure optimum fathering power:
- De-stress your guy. Stress can interfere with the production of sperm (not to mention make sex a lot less fun — or nonexistent), so help your guy relax. Make sure he gets enough sleep and regular exercise (but no ultra marathons — excessive exercise has been shown to decrease testosterone levels, which in turn lowers male fertility). And have him try some relaxation exercises like meditation or deep breathing — or give him a massage (added benefit — it may put him in the mood for some lovin’).
- Turn off the heat (not that heat!). Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs can raise your man’s body temperature temporarily — lowering the number and quality of his sperm. So keep your guy out of the heat (and keep that electric blanket off-limits for now, too). Another hot spot that may have an effect on male fertility: Your guy’s laptop computer. Research shows that when men place laptops directly on their laps, it can increase the temperature of the scrotum and decrease sperm production. So when your man is busy on his laptop, offer him a lap tray, or better yet, a desk! The jury’s still out on whether or not tighty whities really increase body temperature down there enough to affect sperm, but you may want to invest in some boxers — just in case. Everybody knows they’re cuter anyway.
- Help him kick the habit. Smoking and drinking can keep a good man down, reducing sperm quantity and lifespan. The combination of these two vices is particularly harmful to male fertility. What’s more, studies show that men who smoke have lower sex drives and less frequent sex (and who wants that now?).
- Boost his nutrition. Deficiencies of vitamins A, C, D, E, B12, zinc, selenium, folic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids can interfere with sperm production and quality. So make sure your guy has a nutritious, well-rounded diet and takes a daily multivitamin. And hey, if the old adage is true that the way to a man’s heart is through his tummy, a little healthy home cooking may help get things cooking in the bedroom!
- Have sex regularly. Abstinence may make the heart grow fonder (and the libido grow stronger) — but it doesn’t do anything to increase your odds of scoring at conception roulette. So if your man has been cutting back on sex — and stepping up on cold showers — in order to store up a sizable supply of sperm for when you’ll need it most (ovulation time), you’d be wise to rethink this strategy. Male fertility research suggests if your guy has a normal sperm count, you’ll have the best chance of conceiving if you have sex once a day (hats off to science!). If your guy has a low sperm count, you’re better off having sex every two days instead of doing the deed only every two weeks. Indeed, prolonged abstinence has little positive effect on conception and can actually decrease a couple’s chances of hitting baby bingo — even for men with low sperm counts. How so? While holding back does increase the number of sperm (a good thing in that more boys are available to start the trip), abstinence longer than one day decreases sperm mobility and appearance (a bad thing because there are fewer boys strong enough to make it to the finish line). On the flip side, overdoing the deed (say, more than once a day) won’t boost your chances in the baby-making lottery. That’s because ejaculating more than once a day won’t give him time to regenerate his boys — and you’ll want a good supply of sperm every time you do it!