Caring for Male Fertility

Caring for Male Fertility

Care steps
Sperm health can be vulnerable to lifestyle and environmental circumstances. Thus, to protect your fertility, you will need to be aware of factors that may impede sperm potency. The following are steps that you can take to care for your male fertility.
•Maintain a healthy weight by opting for an antioxidant-rich diet that improves your BMI and sperm health.
•Start yourself on moderate physical activities which will further increase your levels of powerful antioxidant enzymes to help protect sperm.

•Infertility in men can also be caused by sexually transmitted infection. It is important that you are aware of this and take the necessary steps to avoid infection.

•Manage your stress levels as stress can decrease sexual function and intervene with the hormones needed to produce sperm.

•If you smoke, quit. Research has shown that men who smoke are more likely to have low sperm counts.

•Heavy drinking can cause impotence and decreased sperm production because alcohol reduces testosterone production. If you drink, do so in moderation.

•Certain medication such as blockers, antidepressants and antiandrogens can contribute to fertility issues. Anabolic steroids too can have the same effect. Do talk to your doctor about the medications that you are on.

•Exposure to toxins and pesticides can affect sperm quantity and quality. If you work with toxins, take the necessary safety precautions including wearing protective clothing.

•Increased scrotal temperature can hinder sperm production. To keep things “cool”, wear loose-fitting underwear, avoid saunas and hot tubs, and limit scrotum exposure to warm objects such as laptops.

Seeking help

If you have adopted healthy lifestyle practices to promote your fertility but still have not achieved the desired results after a year of unprotected sex, you might consider being evaluated for infertility. A fertility specialist can help identify the cause of the problem and provide treatments that place you and your partner on the road to parenthood.

You are sure to have many questions. In addressing infertility, the sooner you have them answered, the better. Do list them down and                        call 03-8076 7111 (TMC Fertility & Women’s Specialist Centre, Puchong) or 03-62871209/03-62871000 (Thomson Hospital, Kota Damansara) or email to make an appointment to consult with Dr Navdeep.

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