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7 Facts About Male Fertility You Need to Know

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

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.

 

Sperm Facts You Should Know

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.

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Have a Physical Before Trying to Conceive

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!

 

Eat Healthy

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • with lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Be sure to wash the produce well to remove any chemicals. Pesticides in your produce can affect the quality of your sperm.
  • Limit your consumption of preservatives and food additives. Reading the labels will help you determine the best food options.
  • Plastic packaging and cans with linings contain chemicals you want to avoid. Eat fresh, unprocessed food as often as possible.
  • While oily fish is healthy for you, too much oily fish is not. Limit your intake to twice a week.
  • Like fish, too much fat on beef, pork, and chicken is unhealthy. Choose lean meats and poultry at each meal.
  • The chemicals in plastic bottles made of soft plastic can leach into your drinks. Choose drink options in cans and glass bottles.
  • Researchers have linked increased soy consumption to lower sperm counts. Limit your soy intake.

 

Maintain A Healthy Weight

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.

 

Medication Can Lower Fertility

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.

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Daily Exercise

Sit less and move more! Do at least thirty minutes of moderate intense exercise (vigorous walking or jogging) daily.

 

Have Sex 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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Avoidance May Be Your Best Bet

Some habits should never be started!

Anabolic Steroids

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.

Recreational Drugs

Steer clear of recreational drugs. They will affect your sexual functioning and increase infertility.

Smoking

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!

Chemical Exposure

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.

 

Male Infertility Caused by Genetics

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).

 

Male Infertility Treatments

  • Erectile Dysfunction/Premature Ejaculation – Counseling and medications can be used to treat and improve both conditions.
  • Reproductive Tract Infections/STDs – While antibiotics can cure most infections, damage done by an STD or infection may not restore your fertility.
  • Medications/Hormonal Treatments – High/low hormone levels and how your body processes the hormones can be corrected with medications. A lack of hormones in your body can be treated with hormone replacement therapy.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) – Today’s technology lets doctors retrieve sperm using surgical extraction, normal ejaculation, and sperm donors. Once obtained,  it can be used for intracytoplasmic sperm injections, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and implanted into the genital tract of a female.
  • Conditions Requiring Surgery – Surgical advances in male fertility allow physicians to do procedures they could not have done years ago. If your ejaculate has no sperm, doctors can obtain it by going into your epididymis or testicles to retrieve it. Conditions such as an obstructed vas deferens or a varicocele can be surgically repaired. In some cases, men who have had a vasectomy can have it reversed.

At The Fertility Center Mexico, fertility clinic in 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.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a fertility expert. Ask about our best services such as uterus transplant and timed intercourse cycle and ask us about egg freezing Mexico cost.

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

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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