Many individuals assume that the term “fertility” relates specifically to women.
However, nearly one-third of all infertility cases are related to male factors such as low sperm concentration, poor motility, and abnormal sperm shape. While some men require treatment for their infertility, there are a number of things you can do on a daily basis to boost your male fertility naturally.
Avoid Extreme Physical Activity
It’s no surprise that exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. However, too much exercise may interfere with your fertility. In fact, a 2009 study showed that intense exercise may impair sperm count, motility, and morphology. For this reason, experts recommend that men not exceed one hour of moderate exercise three times per week.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Certain foods have been shown to increase fertility in men by promoting the development of healthy sperm. Consider incorporating more antioxidant-rich foods into your diet, such as avocados, pomegranates, tomatoes, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. Filling up on pumpkin seeds is also a great way to boost fertility, as they contain substantial amounts of zinc and therefore can help increase testosterone and sperm count.
Overheating of the testicles is a major cause of infertility in men. You can reduce the risk of overheating and infertility by avoiding frequent use of hot tubs or saunas, wearing tight clothing, or sitting for long periods of time.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and using other tobacco products has been linked to male infertility. In most cases, the nicotine and other chemicals in cigarette smoke can lead to a lower sperm count.
Don’t Drink to Excess
A good way to prevent low sperm counts is to avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Limiting your alcohol intake can also help decrease the risk of low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction.
Whether you and your partner are struggling with male factor infertility, female infertility, or are interested in in vitro fertilization, the team at Dallas IVF is here to help. Contact our infertility clinic online or call (214) 297-0020 to get started.