Although male fertility isn’t always the topic of discussion, it is just as important as female preconception health! We’re here to give you a few tips to help your hubby increase his fertility health naturally.
Read on to learn the best fertility-boosting habits for your partner when trying-to-conceive.
Antioxidants are Your Friends
Very Well Family reports that men who consumed antioxidants daily had less damaged sperm than men who didn’t consume antioxidants. Antioxidants are all around us! Zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Selenium, Folic Acid, and Lycopene are excellent vitamins and minerals that may help improve sperm health. Most of these essential minerals can also be found in our daily preconception vitamins for men, Male Fertilprep!
Hold Back on Soy
Research has found that a high soy intake may negatively affect your partner’s sperm count. A study featured in NHS Choices reports the effect of soy on fertility applied more harshly to men who are overweight. Although there is no concrete reason to why this happens, research has shown that since soy is structurally similar to the female hormone estrogen, it could affect a man’s testosterone levels, and therefore affecting sperm production.
Kick the Smoking Habit
Healthline states the negative impact smoking can have on a man’s semen quality. Studies have shown that smoking cigarettes may lower sperm count, motility, and distort sperm morphology. In fact, smoking may also hinder female fertility and increase the risk of a woman having a miscarriage. If you or your partner still smokes tobacco, we do advise kicking this bad habit before trying to get a bun in the oven for a safe pregnancy.
Don’t Order Another Round
A high intake of alcohol can lower testosterone levels and impair semen quality. Your Fertility confirms: “If the male partner consumes more than 20 units of alcohol per week it takes longer for his partner to conceive”. Heavy drinking may also decrease sperm count. The National Health & Medical Research Council advises women and men to limit alcohol consumption while trying-to-conceive.
Brush Those Teeth
Who would’ve thought that tooth and gum health could impact fertility? Bacteriospermia, the presence of bacteria in semen, has been linked to male infertility. A study found that 23% of men with bacteria present in their semen didn’t see an improvement in fertility after they were treated with antibiotics. Researchers conducted dental exams on the men who didn’t show improved sperm health and discovered untreated dental problems in all of them! Six months after dental treatment, they tested the group again to find that 2/3 of the group had improved semen health. So brush those teeth and floss regularly, gentlemen!
Relax and learn to manage your stress in a healthy way! Stress may reduce sexual satisfaction and impair fertility. The levels of the hormone cortisol increase with prolonged stress. When cortisol goes up, testosterone levels go down. Medical News Today discusses that with stress, the body tends to take defensive actions and tries to conserve energy. As this happens, the body will naturally focus less on reproduction and more on taking care of itself There are always ways to relax throughout the day including taking frequent walks, exercising, meditating, and even binge-watching a new TV show!