Can male infertility be cured? Cures for male factor infertility are best prescribed by a medical specialist after consultation, testing and diagnosis. They may include both non-surgical and surgical remedies. However there are some lifestyle changes that may be considered by those at risk:
Reduce Drug Use
- Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers the production of the male hormone testosterone. Drink less alcohol to prevent infertility.
- Caffeine: Drink less coffee to prevent or cure infertility. Coffee and medications with caffeine appear to make sperm move more slowly.
- Cimetidine: If you are taking this drug and you are trying to conceive at the same time, try to reduce the dosage or take it at another time. This drug is used to treat ulcers but decreases testosterone levels.
- Recreational Drugs: Marijuana and other drugs may decrease testosterone levels. Stay away from these types of drugs.
- Age: Sperm production drops sharply after age 30. Your chances of conceiving before the age of 30 are higher than after the age of 30. If you are approaching an advanced reproductive age, you may want to consider sperm banking.
- Clothing: A common myth is wearing tight trousers or underwear can overheat sperm-producing cells in the testicles, which lowers sperm count. Wearing loose underwear and clothing is not a scientifically proven benefit, but it doesn’t hurt to do so in your efforts to cure infertility.
- Smoking: Cigarettes and other smoking agents lowers sperm count and slows sperm mobility. Do not smoke, or you can try to stop smoking to prevent infertility.
- Infection: Many sexually transmitted diseases can have an adverse effect on fertility. Get tested for STD’s and HIV and use protection.
- Hot Tubs: Frequent use of hot tubs can lower sperm count by overheating sperm-production cells.