Men trying to father a child can have simple fertility tips put in place to bring their dreams alive. A friend of mine once told me how on her wedding night, her husband told her that in nine months’ time they will become mum and dad, and he said: “I can’t wait to carry my little bundle of joy”.
Nine months down the line there was no pregnancy and it seems all the efforts put in place by the couple to achieve pregnancy were yielding no results.
Men can increase their chances of becoming a father with these essential “fertility tips” that have been tested and proven to be effective.
Number 1 – Manage Stress
Stress could activate the release of glucocorticoids – steroid hormones that affect the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins – which could reduce testosterone levels and sperm production.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, in around 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is the sole cause or contributing cause of infertility.
The main cause of male infertility is sperm abnormalities, this includes low sperm production or abnormal shaped or non-motile sperm. Problems with ejaculation, undescended testicles. Health and lifestyle factors can also lead to sperm abnormalities.
In a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and led by researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, NY, and Rutgers School of Public Health in Piscataway, NJ, it was found that life stress “led to lower semen quality”
The researchers found that men who experienced two or more stressful life events in the past year had a lower percentage of sperm motility and a lower percentage of sperm of normal morphology, compared with men who did not experience any stressful life events. They note this finding remained even after accounting for other factors that may influence semen quality, such as age, other health problems and history of reproductive health problems.
Managing stress can have a positive effect on a man’s sperm production and general fertility.
Number 2 – Avoid Alcohol and the Likes
A number of studies have found that heavy alcohol consumption in men appears to affect sperm count and sperm quality. Another study also found that moderate alcohol consumption can also affect sperm count and quality.
A recent large Danish study of 1221 healthy young men between the ages of 18-28 found that even modest drinking habits, as little as 5 drinks per week, can negatively affect the amount of sperm produced, the concentration of sperm per milliliter of semen, and the morphology of sperm. This same study showed that the most significant impairment in sperm quality was found in men who regularly drank more than 25 units a week. (1 unit of alcohol was described as 1 beer, a glass of wine or 40ml of spirits)
Drinking alcohol heavily can decrease testosterone production and cause shrinkage of the testicles which can eventually result to decrease fertility, impotence, and erection problems.
Other studies have shown a serious reduction in testosterone levels for days after a man takes a single dose of alcohol. This is because the body’s ability to eliminate testosterone from the blood and the body’s natural ability to convert testosterone into estrogen increases after drinking alcohol. A healthy man is expected to have more testosterone than estrogen, converting testosterone into estrogen due to the effect of alcohol leads to a decline in testosterone levels which can reduce a man’s fertility.
Beautifully, the damage done by alcohol to a man’s sperm count and quality is reversible, which means that abstaining from alcohol can reverse the harmful effects on sperm production and quality.
Number 3 – Prepare to Father a Child, Balance Your Hormones
A man can prepare to father a child by getting his body ready for the days ahead. This is the period of planning to father a child and enhancing your sperm to fully come to maturity so as to fertilize an egg.
Getting your body rid of toxins is a great way to reset your health by removing drug residue from your system through fertility cleanse and bringing your hormones to balance.
Natural therapy like male fertility cleansing is beneficial for men trying to father a child. Fertilitea Detox is an organic fertility cleanse tea that helps to provide a gentle way for your body to cleanse itself of toxins. This is a fertility cleanse program designed to reset your health, give your liver function a boost and detoxify your body.
Hormones play a crucial role in semen production and a man’s fertility. Hormonal imbalance is not an issue relating to women alone but men also face the issues of hormonal imbalance, and this is relatively common.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance in Men?
- Male hormone imbalance is actually caused by an elevated estrogen level relative to low testosterone levels (the estrogen/testosterone ratio).
- Stress can cause hormone problems in men. Whether the stress is physical, emotional or environmental when on a regular basis can wear out your adrenals which can increase an enzyme called aromatase leading to low testosterone and high estrogen levels.
- Excess weight, especially in the abdominal areas, leads to excess estrogen levels causing an imbalance in male hormones.
- Men consuming diets high in refined carbohydrates may have insulin resistance and problems with the sex hormones.
- Men can accumulate toxic chemicals into their system by inhaling everyday chemicals in the environment and through the use of commercial personal care products, plastic containers that can be high in chemicals containing xenoestrogens, which can lead to high estrogen and low testosterone levels.
- Alcohol consumption (as discussed in Number 2) can lead to low testosterone levels which eventually can cause hormonal imbalance.
A man suffering from hormonal imbalance may find it difficult to father a child. The good news is that there are natural herbs that are great for bringing balance to male hormones. The herbal blend in FertilXtra Kit for Men is a natural and powerful remedy in balancing men’s hormones and helping a man become more fertile and achieving the dream of becoming a father.
Number 4 – Eat for Fertility
Most people believe that women are the ones that should eat for fertility when trying to conceive. Men are expected to eat for fertility also when trying to father a child.
There are nutrients that are beneficial for male fertility which can be incorporated into your diet or taken as a supplement. These nutrients include:
- Zinc – This is considered one of the most important trace minerals for fertility in men. Increasing zinc levels in men having fertility challenges have been shown to boost sperm count, improve the morphology, and quality of the sperm.
Eat a diet high in zinc, found in beef, lamb, turkey, seafood, whole grains, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, peas, and eggs.
- Selenium – This is essential for men’s fertility as it helps in the formation of sperm. Studies have shown that men with low sperm counts have also been found to have low levels of selenium. Eat a diet high in selenium found in meat, mushroom, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, turkey, cereal and brazil nuts.
- Vitamin E – Many studies have shown that Vitamin E can improve sperm health and motility in men. This is an important antioxidant that helps to protect sperm cells and it can be found in almonds, olives, sunflower seeds, spinach, dark leafy greens, and papaya. Other great vitamins include Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C.
- Antioxidants – Antioxidants helps to support sperm health in a great way. It helps to protect sperm from free radical damage and keep sperm cells alive which in turn reduce the number of dead sperm cells in a man’s semen analysis.
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Number 5 – Keep Your Testicles Cool
The testicles are also known as the testes, are the two reproductive glands, enclosed within the scrotum, that produce spermatozoa and the hormone testosterone.
The optimal production of testosterone by the testicles largely depends on the right environment. A man needs to keep his testicles cool, about 2 degrees cooler than the rest of the body for optimal testosterone production.
Keeping your testes tight against your body can raise the temperature of your testicles, which eventually leads to the reduction in the production of testosterone which also can result in poor semen analysis report.
Men don’t cook your testes whether you are trying to father a child or not, you need to be conscious of the health of your testicles.
Things That Can Raise the Temperature of Your Testicles
There are things you do or some activities you engage in that can raise the temperature of your testicles which can reduce the number of sperm, they include:
- Having long hot bath
- Staying in hot tubs or saunas
- Wearing tight trousers
- Wearing tight underwear or biking shorts
- Riding a bicycle (your testes is packed against your body during a bicycle ride)
- Sitting in a particular position for long hours
- Working with laptops placed over your lap
Say NO to long hot baths, hot tubs, or saunas, which can have a negative impact on your sperm production and YES to loose boxers and giving your testes the ‘freedom’ it deserves to produce sperm optimally.
Thanks for reading. Stay healthy!
Herbologist, Aromatherapist, Fertility & Wellness Advocate.