It takes you and your man to make a child. Although you will carry the baby for the nine months and deliver, he has a critical role to play in conception. For fertilization to happen, he must release healthy and robust sperm to penetrate the egg. The sperm must be in the correct shape and move in the proper direction. Also, he must have adequate semen to push the sperm towards the egg.
According to OWH (Office on Women's Health), a hitch on any of these conception steps can prevent you from getting pregnant. But there are a few moves he can consider to improve his health and enhance your chances of conceiving.
The following are four crucial steps that can improve men’s fertility.
- Ditch Cigarettes, Drugs, and Alcohol
According to ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), smoking is a contributing factor to low sperm quality. Male smokers are more likely to have decreased sperm movement and reduced sperm counts. Also, research shows that these men have unusually shaped sperm.
Additionally, the use of recreational drugs such as marijuana and anabolic steroids (used for bodybuilding) might spark infertility. Research suggests that these drugs negatively affect sperm production.
On the other hand, high consumption of alcohol has a negative impact on sperm health. However, recent studies suggest it may not matter so much as experts once thought.
- Physical and Mental Exercises
Specialists urge men to take part in regular exercise. It helps ease stress and makes them feel better about themselves. If they do not exercise regularly, they are more likely to become overweight. And this can affect the quantity and quality of their sperm.
The state of being mentally healthy or physically healthy calls for several systems to work together. One of the systems that should be combined with physical activities is the neurofeedback training. Also referred as EEG biofeedback, the training is like ˜yoga for your mind'. Much like physical exercises does for your body; neurofeedback helps to stimulate brain activities without any medication. Your man will feel improvements, especially during the sexual act.
- Daily Multivitamin
Scientists recommend men to take a daily multivitamin because it has potential benefits “ but slightly harmful. A lot of multivitamin formulations have minerals like zinc and selenium. They also contain antioxidants such as vitamins E and C. Studies have confirmed that antioxidants might increase sperm movement and count. The research was done by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Logically, antioxidants might promote sperm quality because they can guard against free radicals. These radicals can easily damage the DNA found in sperm cells.
Damaging free radicals can be countered through eating vegetables and fruits, and limiting Trans Fats found in fried food and red meat.
Many male fertility supplements depend on an ingredient called D-Aspartic acid (an amino acid). It is commonly sold as a nutritional supplement and boosts testosterone levels.
- Avoid Heat Exposure
Extended stays and regular visits to hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas might increase scrotal temperatures. The temperatures may decrease sperm quality and lessen sperm count. However, the heat does not impact the sperm permanently. Reduced sperm count might only be for a short period (a few months). Once your man stops visiting these heat zones, the sperm count and quality goes back to normal.
One research about men who use laptops received broad coverage by the media. It showed that men who put laptops on their laps might be most likely to have reduced sperm motility and damaged sperm. However, these findings seemed to ˜jump the gun.' It was not clear about the length of time these men spent with the computer, and whether the effects were as a result of using wireless connections.
Take Away Struggling with conception is a widespread problem. While you might be focusing on yourself as being unable to get pregnant, often, your man could be the cause. A third of cases of infertility are accounted on women, a third on men, and a third on both. In every twenty men, one has some fertility problems. So, if your man is wrestling with infertility, the most natural solution is to explore the above four suggestions.