Ladies often get most of the attention when dealing with issues surrounding fertility. However, it is estimated that one in 25 men are affected by male infertility. These lifestyle changes are not only beneficial for those with fertility issues, but also those who are trying to conceive.
- De-Stress. Stress not only decreases the hormones that help sperm production, but also the ones that keep up a healthy libido. Try moderate exercise, pop into a yoga class, pick up a deep breathing practice or find a hobby that puts you at ease. Whatever you do now to manage your stress will prove to be beneficial when there is a little one running around.
- Quit Smoking (cigarettes & marijuana). Both lead to decreased sperm counts. Cigarette smoking can lead to slower moving sperm (decreased motility) and marijuana use has been associated with abnormal sperm (abnormal morphology).
- Exercise Moderately. Exercise can release endorphins and stimulate a healthy libido, but too much can lead to a decrease in testosterone. Lower testosterone means less sperm production.
- Keep the Diet Well Rounded. Important regardless of your fertility status. There are many nutrients that can improve the quality of your sperm. Eating a diet that consists of ample vegetables, fruit and high quality protein can ensure you are getting the nutrients your sperm needs.
Dr. Brighten enjoys working with both men & women to enhance their preconception health. To learn more about the programs she offers, contact Dr. Brighten today!