So often with conception and newborns we talk about moms and their health, but what about their partners? What about the men? What about the dads? Male fertility factors into 50% of the infertility cases. With numbers like this, maybe we should look at male health a little closer. Their health can obviously cause infertility issues, but can also slightly raise the risk for birth defects.
So what do men need to do? What is effecting them and their sperm?
- Diet, especially a diet rich in zinc and selenium because men are often deficient in these and that is linked to fertility. Eat more meat, eggs and seafood. That doesn’t sound too hard for men to do!
- Keep a healthy weight. Being overweight and obese is linked to infertility issues.
- Drop alcohol, tobacco and drugs as they not only lower sperm quality, but zinc as well.
- Medications like tagamet, steroids, and chemotherapy can have an effect.
- Check your work environment. Exposure to pesticides, chemical fertilizers, lead, nickel, mercury, chromium, petrochemicals, benzene, and radiation can affect fertility.
- Keep your testicles cool. That means to watch the hot tubbing, saunas, long hot showers and tight clothes because they can decrease sperm quality. Also cycling can have an effect.
Wow, that’s a pretty impressive look at mens health before you try having the baby. Eat right, keep your boys cool, watch your environment and getting plenty of sleep and you’re on the path to fertility.