Male fertility problems are frequently the cause of conception problems.
As many as 15 percent of couples experience some type of conception problem and that percentage isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Sometimes, a male fertility problem is one of the underlying reasons. Read on to find out how to naturally increase sperm count and which lifestyle factors should be changed to improve fertility.
For those facing sperm related fertility issues, here are some ways that you and your partner may consider to naturally improve sperm count.
Limit Plastic Use
It’s nearly impossible to stop using plastic altogether since it’s literally and figuratively all around us. However, certain plastic chemicals, like Phthalates and BPA, are proven to reduce sperm counts. To avoid these unwanted risks, whenever possible, simply stay away from plastic.
Lose a Few Pounds
Excess fat is known to decrease your testosterone levels, which can affect how well your body is able to produce sperm. Plus, excess fat in the thighs and stomach can increase the body temperature, which can, in turn, reduce your sperm counts. Therefore, if obesity is a factor for the male in the relationship should work to improve their sperm counts by losing some weight.
Avoid Excess Heat
Heat has been known to reduce the production of sperm. Things like sitting for a long period of time, wearing snug-fitting underwear and taking hot baths can all cause the testes to constrict, elevate body temperature and halt sperm production. One should avoid these heat-rising conditions.
Stop Eating Soy
When you and your significant other are trying to conceive, you may need to skip sushi dinners for the time being. Soy products, like soy sauce and edamame, can limit sperm production. Soy has phytoestrogens, which are compounds that naturally occur in plants and that mimic estrogen—yes, the female hormone. It’s possible that your body could stop producing as much sperm as a response to the extra estrogen.
Eat a Healthier Diet
Eating healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes all may boost male fertility. At the same time, stay away from refined carbohydrates, tea, coffee, alcohol and any foods that have artificial additives.
Men who workout regularly for approximately seven hours per week have 48 percent more sperm than men who workout for less than one hour each week, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Working out outside is especially helpful, possibly because of the extra Vitamin D that is absorbed. On top of increasing sperm production and helping you keep your weight in check, working out also reduces stress. Studies have found that men with high stress levels have lower sperm concentration.
Switch Your Lube
Unfortunately, most lubricants aren’t friendly to sperm. They either kill the sperm completely or they block the sperm’s path. Either skip the lube altogether or opt for a natural, sperm-friendly lube instead.
Add Nutritional Supplements to Your Diet
Certain nutritional supplements are especially helpful for men who are trying to enhance their fertility. Add Vitamin C and zinc to your daily intact. You should get between 2,000 and 6,000 mg of Vitamin C every day and between 100 and 200 mg of zinc daily.
While it may seem that low sperm counts may be the end to your fertility dreams, all is not lost and with these simple and natural sperm increasing options your fertility options may not be coming to a halt.