There are male fertility lifestyle factors that effect a man’s fertility. Lifestyle choices can either positively or negatively affect your sperm health.
Drinking makes it harder for your body to absorb Zinc. It also causes fertility issues, such as lowering sperm count. Also, it hurts motility and increases abnormal sperm. I quit alcohol as soon as I became a donor. I recommend to remove it from your male fertility lifestyle. This is if you want to increase your chances of impregnating. If you still choose to drink, only have two to four drinks a month.
Caffeine (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
There have been studies done that in small amounts caffeine helps a male fertility lifestyle. Although it is recommend to limit caffeine to be safe. I do not drink any type of caffeine. If you choose to drink caffeine, stick with once or twice a week at most when trying to conceive. You can always switch to green tea. It helps male fertility in moderation. A good green tea can be found at Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Unfiltered water contains trace amounts of heavy metals, arsenic, chlorine, lead, and fluoride. It also has other toxins that are harmful to all aspects of a male fertility lifestyle. In America, our government adds fluoride to our drink water! It is best to drink filtered water. You should also bring a canteen filled with filtered water to avoid drinking from water fountains. The only type of water filter that filters all kinds of toxins is one that uses reverse osmosis. The filter I recommend that would accomplish this is…
Smoking (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
This is an obvious one for a male fertility lifestyle. If trying to get someone pregnant, avoid smoking at all costs. Smoking can lower sperm count, decrease motility, and increase abnormal sperm. It even makes a man infertile in extreme cases.
Drugs (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
This is also an obvious one. Drugs have been proven to decrease sperm quality on all levels. Heroine, cocaine, prescription drugs, and marijuana will all hurt your swimmers. There have been various studies on the affects of marijuana on sperm quality. Marijuana will burn-out sperm by making them swim faster, which kills them. Men who regularly smoke should remove it from their male fertility lifestyle. This will increase the odds of ever having kids. Will also help to have healthy kids.
Hot Showers and Baths (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
This is one of the biggest sperm killers. Hot showers and baths have been proven to kill sperm. Once your testicles reach above 104 degrees, sperm will begin to die rapidly. Having a hot shower and bath can increase your testicles to 104 degrees. This happens when the water hits them. I recommend taking warm showers. You could even take cold showers to avoid killing your sperm. Cold showers have been proven to increase sperm count. So add it to your male fertility lifestyle. I addition, you should avoid hot tubs. Lastly, avoid any other heat inducing element where your testicles would be exposed to high levels of heat.
Sitting (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Sitting for extended periods can kill a lot of sperm. This is due to heating up your testicles. Sadly, sitting is almost unavoidable for most. But I have found a way to mitigate your testicles getting heated up. What I do is wear jeans without any underwear or boxers when I plan on sitting that day. My testicles do not heat up as much. This may be due to less fabric around my testicles.
BPA Products (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor. This means it interferes with the bodies normal hormone signaling. Studies show that being exposed to BPA inhibits sperm production, motility, and quality. Furthermore, it makes it harder for sperm to successfully impregnate an egg. BPA is common in many items that most are not aware of. Products containing BPA should be avoided at all cost in a male fertility lifestyle.
Many canned foods are lined with BPA. Research to see if the canned food you are buying contains BPA. Buy only canned foods not lined with it.
Many plastics contain BPA. The plastic numbers that generally contain BPA are three, six, and seven. Also, I would avoid plastic one as it may leech BPA overtime. The safer plastics to use for your male fertility lifestyle are two, four, and five.
Receipts you get from purchasing an item are laced with BPA. Pass on the receipt when possible. There are also other sources of BPA. It is up to the individual to use due diligence to avoid them as much as possible.
Shampoo and Body Wash
Most shampoos and body washes are filled with phthalates and other chemicals. These have been proven to be harmful to a male fertility lifestyle. High levels of phthalates have been shown to reduce sperm count. They also decrease sperm motility and increase the number of deformed sperm cells. These high level of phthalates are accumulated through regular use of shampoos and body washes. I recommend ditching traditional shampoos and body washes. You should switch to a more organic alternative. I use a shampoo and body wash that only contains organic ingredients. It is a little bit more expensive than regular shampoos and body washes, but I would rather be fertile over saving a few bucks. The shampoo and body wash I use is the cheapest organic body wash I could find, while still being high quality. Others should replace there shampoo and body wash with it. You can purchase it at…
Shaving Cream (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Shaving creams and foams contain chemicals that are harmful for a male fertility lifestyle. Although, these are in very small amounts, they do have a slight impact on the male reproductive system. As an alternative to shaving cream, I use organic coconut oil. You can buy it at…
Toothpaste, although not a significant source that affects a male fertility lifestyle, still has some negatives. Regular toothpaste contains fluoride, phthalates, and other chemicals which are harmful to sperm. In addition, you ingest these chemicals when brushing your teeth. This hurts you more than just having them on your skin. The toothpaste that I use, that is cheap and organic I recommend others to use can be found at…
Body Spray, Deodorant, and Cologne (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Body sprays and deodorants contain chemicals such as butane. These will hurt your sperm count if gotten on your skin or inhaled. Although, this is not a huge male fertility lifestyle factor. I recommend creating your own all natural body spray with witch hazel and essential oils. Furthermore, they smell great and will save you money. The site I use to create my own body spray is thankyourbody.
Regular household cleaners, such as bleach and dish soap are harmful to a male fertility lifestyle. Stick with all natural cleaners, such as vinegar and lemon.
Pollution, Toxins, and Chemicals (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Pollution In Air
The air you breathe is polluted. Pollution has been shown to decrease sperm count and quality. Try to live in a less polluted area.
Workplace Toxins and Chemicals
Toxins and chemicals at workplaces can harm a male fertility lifestyle. Working in factories and auto shops you are constantly exposed to high levels of these toxins, such as asbestos. If you are trying to conceive, I recommend an alternative job for any man working in a highly toxic workplace.
Stress (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Physiological and physical stress can greatly reduce and damage a man’s sperm count. This is due to it interfering with your bodies normal production of testosterone. This in turn will decrease your sperm count. Therefore, it is a male fertility lifestyle factor. When trying to increase your sperm count you should avoid anything that will cause stress. If it cannot be avoided, do yoga, meditation, or drink herbal to lessen your level of stress.
Exercise is important for a male fertility lifestyle. This is because it keeps your hormone levels at a sufficient level. It also keeps your body healthy so it can function properly. I recommend males to exercise seven hours a week. Although, exercise is good to keep the male reproductive system healthy, excessive exercise can hurt it. Best to keep exercising to a moderate level.
Weight (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Being overweight hurts a male fertility lifestyle by increasing the amount of estrogen produced by the male body. The more weight, the more estrogen produced. This in turn, will decrease sperm production. Being underweight can be bad as well, since your body will not be getting enough nutrients to produce quality sperm.
Sleep (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Sleep is necessary for the production of sperm, as most of the sperm you produce in a day is produced while you sleep. Therefore, making this an essential male fertility lifestyle factor. Men lacking sleep will have a decrease on all parameters of sperm quality, but mainly count. I take chamomile tea when I have trouble sleeping. It is natural and contains antioxidants that will increase your chances of conceiving. Adding honey to it will increase its sleeping abilities. You can get chamomile tea at…
Soy (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Soy is an estrogen-mimicking compound. Studies have shown too much soy intake can decrease sperm production. It can also make ejaculating harder and possibly decrease testes size. Avoid soy as best as possible.
Age (Male Fertility Lifestyle)
Age is a important male fertility lifestyle factor. As you get older, your sperm quality tends to decrease. Although, men are still able to conceive well into their 70’s. A lot of the decrease in sperm quality is due to the accumulation of carcinogens over time. Living a healthy lifestyle though can slow down the affects of declining sperm quality as you age. Most men do not have to worry about age affecting their sperm quality until they reach forty. If they live a very healthy lifestyle, I would not worry about it until age fifty.