Infertility Fast Facts
Couples approximately in the United States, or 10 percent of all couples of childbearing age, have difficulty conceiving.
Lifestyle Factors that Affect Male Fertility
Many Lifestyle Factors like Drug Use, Smoking and Alcohol can cause Male Infertility. Read more about it…
Implementing healthy lifestyle options will promote fertility and help you do everything possible to increase the odds of conceiving. To improve your chances of producing the best sperm possible, you can make some changes in your life, including:
- Make sure that you take a daily multi-vitamin, which will give you vitamins C and E to help the sperm perform at top levels.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables as these foods are rich in antioxidants, important components in the health of the sperm.
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Having an increased amount of body fat may interfere with the production of your reproductive hormones and can contribute to the production of abnormal sperm.
- Refrain from smoking because tobacco can interfere with the sperm’s DNA may lead to abnormal sperm development.
- Heavy drinking can also interfere with sperm quality and cause more abnormal sperm to be produced, so limit yourself to one to two drinks a day if you choose to consume alcoholic beverages.
- Stay clear of any illicit drugs. These substances can interfere with sperm produced and increase the likelihood of sperm abnormalities.
- Avoid hot tubs, hot baths and saunas because spending longer than 30 minutes in over 100 degree temperatures can affect the number of normal sperm present. As well, an increased scrotal temperature can interfere with sperm production and contribute to sperm abnormalities.
- Riding a bike for longer than 30 minutes, wearing tight shorts, working in a hot environment and sitting with your laptop on your lap can all cause an increased number of abnormal sperm.
Identifying Causes of Male Infertility
An important part of an infertility evaluation is determining the cause of male factor infertility. If the cause relates to a hormonal imbalance, your physician may recommend treatment with Clomid or other possible options. If any anatomical abnormalities are found, your partner will need to follow up with a urologist for further evaluation. Often, decreased sperm counts are not linked to hormonal imbalances or anatomical abnormalities, so your physician may suggest in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in this case.