When a couple faces fertility struggles, the pressure is often placed on the woman to improve her general health. But, just as it takes two to tango, men, too, have a crucial role to play. With a little know-how, though, they can increase the odds of natural conception by maintaining healthy sperm.
And here’s how:
Keep your cool
Studies have shown that prolonging exposure of the testicles to heat adversely affects sperm count, and that a lower temperature is essential for sperm cells to mature.
Play it safe
Just as the crown jewels are under lock and key, be sure to keep your tackle safe. It is recommended that cyclists use specific seats to make sure they do not damage the testes. For contact sports with the potential for rough physical exposure, consider wearing a proper athletic support and cup.
Limit exposure to toxins
Paints, metal, plastic, and certain pesticides — which can enter the body via inhalation, contact with skin or ingestion — have been linked to reduced sperm count and can cause reproductive harm. Where possible, wear protective clothing and respiration devices while working in environments with a high exposure to toxins.
Eat a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating food rich in antioxidants, such as fruit and vegetable, is important for male fertility. Conversely, soy, which has been cited as a potential factor for DNA damage in sperm cells, should be avoided.