Here are the ten factors that can get in your way to becoming a father.
Obesity impairs many systems in your body. It increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, but it can also affect your sperm. Yes, obesity can affect sperm count, morphology, and motility, as excess fat converts testosterone into estrogen. Various studies show that elevated levels of estrogen may lead to male infertility.
Being underweight can also hurt sperm cells according to many studies. Maintain a balance weight not only for your general health but also for your male fertility.
The testes are located outside the body because sperm cannot survive at body temperature, and therefore the only way to maintain their vitality is that lower temperature. This is why evolution urged the testicles to descend and resign outside the human body. And so testicle overheating may hurt sperm quality. Wearing tight underwear, having your laptop on your lap, and even a prolonged stay in the hot tub can lead to testicular overheating.
Some diseases can cause a drop in sperm count, for example, the flu or other fever, which is why you should not expect to achieve conception when you are sick. Relax, your body will continue to produce sperm, and your sperm count will go back to normal within two to three months after you are healed.
Many studies have shown that cigarette smoking not only causes erectile dysfunction, but also harms sperm count, morphology, and motility. One recent research published in the Journal of Reproductive Health has shown a direct relationship between the number of cigarettes being smoked in a day and the drop in sperm count. So, if you are trying to become parents, just quit.
A drink or two a day is enough to reduce sperm count. A study published in the medical journal BMJ Open found that men who drank five or more glasses of alcohol a week had a sperm count that is thirty-three percent lower, than those who drink one drink a week or less.
Studies have shown that caffeine beverages damage sperm. You can still have your morning coffee, but anything more than two cups per day is not recommended. Minimize the amount of caffeine at least until you get that egg fertilized.
A study published in the Fertility and Sterility Journal found that psychological stress may reduce sperm concentration and increase the quantity of abnormal sperm. It is still unclear how stress hurt sperm cells, but the increase in cortisol levels may be associated.
They already told us our mobile phones could lead to cancer. Guess what? They can also damage your sperm. Experts say that the radiation emitted from our cell phones causes the damage to sperm morphology and count. No, we are not telling you to dump your smartphones, but at least keep it away from your testicles.
Many drugs can harm your sperm ranging from medications to treat high blood pressure, medicines to prevent hair loss, chemotherapy, and radiation. Talk with your doctor about the drugs you’re on in the possibility of replacing them with others. In a case of cancer treatment, it is recommended to carry out a testicular tissue freezing before the procedure.
There is a long list of materials that may hurt your sperm including pesticides, solvents, metals, and environmental pollution. If you work in a place where there is a high exposure to toxic substances, be sure to use protective measures, like masks and adequate clothing. Also, avoid exposure to BPA-containing plastic materials and don’t heat your food in plastic containers in the microwave.
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