If you’re like most men, you don’t give your sperm a lot of thought. You know they’re there, and in your younger years you take measures to keep your sperm contained so as to avoid any unwanted pregnancies.
But then you get a bit older and want to create a family with someone and your sperm become incredibly important to you. And the longer you’ve waited to start that family, the more it’s likely that the health of your sperm will come into question.
If you and your partner are having a hard time getting pregnant, this article will outline what constitutes the health of your sperm, ways you can make it healthier, and things you should avoid.
What Makes Sperm Healthy?
The health of your sperm is dependent on a few different factors:
Can you guess how many sperm should be in one single ejaculation? According to health experts, at least 15 MILLION sperm per millimeter. Too little sperm per ejaculation makes getting pregnant harder because there are fewer candidates to get the very challenging job of fertilizing an egg done.
You’ve probably seen video of what sperm look like when they are swimming. There is a lot of wiggling they have to do to get to their final destination, through the woman’s cervix, up her uterus and into her fallopian tubes. This movement is known as motility. Men are considered “fertile” if at least 40% of their sperm have good motility.
Healthy sperm have a very specific shape: oval heads and long, wispy tails. This structure is what helps them propel themselves to their final destination. The more sperm you have that are shaped abnormally, the more like you will be infertile.
Causes of Male Infertility
Various medical conditions can lead to poor sperm health and infertility including:
- Testicular disease
- Problems with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. These are parts of the brain are responsible for signaling the testicles to produce testosterone and sperm.
- Sperm transport disorders
- Age – The health of sperm tends to decrease with age, affecting fertility. This is especially apparent for men over the age of 50.
Things to Avoid for Healthy Sperm
You should focus on avoiding the following to ensure your sperm are as healthy as possible:
Studies have shown men who smoke are more likely to have a low sperm count. This goes for tobacco products as well as marijuana.
Consuming Excessive Alcohol
Heavy drinking has been shown to lead to reduced testosterone production, impotence and a decreased sperm count. Yes, you can drink, but do so in moderation. This means for men 1-2 drinks a few times a week or less.
Certain medications such as calcium channel blockers and antidepressants can lead to male infertility issues. Never stop taking your prescription medications without consulting your doctor but talk to them because he or she may be able to prescribe a substitute that won’t affect your sperm.
Increased scrotal temperature can definitely affect sperm production. It’s important to wear loose-fitting underwear as well as avoid saunas and hot tubs. Also, hot laptops can be a problem so watch how long your laptop is actually on your lap.
Best Ways to Ensure Your Sperm are Healthy
Here are some of the best ways you can increase your chances of producing healthy sperm:
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Research suggests that obesity is linked with decreasing sperm count and motility.
And speaking of…
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Junk food is not going to help get your sperm into shape. Instead, opt for whole foods like lean meats, eggs and organic produce.
Stress can affect the hormones that produce sperm so take the steps necessary to manage yours in healthy ways.
Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are notorious for causing infertility in men. To stay safe, limit your number of sexual partners and use a condom each time you have sex.
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