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Male infertility has increased by 50% over the past fifty years. If you are thinking of conceiving a baby, there are 7 facts about male infertility you need to know. Understanding these facts will boost your chances of conception.
Men produce sperm at a rate of 1,500 per second. That equals approximately 130,000,000 new sperm daily! Unfortunately, the quality of your sperm declines as you age. Meaning your sperm are healthier in your twenties and thirties than they are in your forties and fifties. While you may not be able to control aging, there are things you can do to keep your sperm as healthy as possible.
Ensuring you are healthy and STD-free before trying to conceive can give you a leg up over male infertility. Things like medication, chemicals you come in contact with, and your general health can affect your sperm.
Obstructive sleep apnea can lower your sperm quality, reduce testosterone levels, and decrease your ability to produce sperm.
Having a physical before you start trying to get pregnant will increase your chances of conception and help ensure you will have a healthy baby!
You have a better chance of conceiving at a healthy weight. Not only does being overweight make it harder to maintain an erection, but it can reduce your sex drive and negatively affect the quality of your sperm.
Medications can decrease your sexual function and fertility. Discuss your medication with your doctor at your preconception physical to ensure your prescribed meds and supplements will not affect your male fertility.
Sit less and move more! Do at least thirty minutes of moderate intense exercise (vigorous walking or jogging) daily.
A recent study found that ejaculating daily for seven days reduces DNA damage to your sperm. It is believed that the sperm cells had less exposure to oxygen because they were in the epididymis and testicles for less time.
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Some habits should never be started!
Anabolic steroids shrink your testicles, can prevent erection, negatively affect your sex drive, and cease sperm production. It could take two years for your sperm to recover after taking these steroids.
Steer clear of recreational drugs. They will affect your sexual functioning and increase infertility.
There is no amount of healthy smoking! Quitting smoking can boost your fertility if done at least three months before trying to conceive.
Not only does smoking damage your sperm’s DNA, but it can affect your ability to have an erection and put your baby at risk for diseases such as leukemia!
If you are exposed to chemicals at work or home, wear protective gear to prevent the effects of these chemicals on your sperm. Avoid chemicals like radiation, heavy metals, some plastics, and pesticides.
Genetics can cause male infertility and cause developmental issues and illness in your infant. Diagnosing fertility in men can be difficult.
A thorough physical exam and semen analysis will help diagnose male fertility issues. Once diagnosed, your doctor and you can decide the best treatment option.
A diagnosis of male infertility doesn’t mean you can’t conceive. You may be able to conceive using IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) using ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Donation).
At The Fertility Center Mexico, we offer excellence in male fertility. Our fertility doctors are experts in their field. Everyone should have access to affordable male fertility care. We offer our services to our clients for less than what they would cost in the US.
Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.
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