Here’s How You Can Keep The Male Reproductive System Healthy
"Could your lifestyle choices be affecting
your dream of becoming a father?"
Infertility in men is not often discussed about. A couple that is unable to conceive after actively trying for at least a year may face the challenge of an infertility issue. 40 percent of the reason could be linked to the woman and equally, there is also a 40 percent chance that the inability to conceive naturally could be linked to the male partner.
As much as the possibility is equal, male infertility is often left in the dark. There are various possible causes to this including medical conditions and for some, your lifestyle choices could be putting your reproductive health at risk.
Could your lifestyle choices be affecting your dream of becoming a father?Read on and find out if you check the list for any these risk factors that could lead to male infertility.
Yes indeed, it is not surprising that smoking could hurt your sperm and fertility. Besides being the cause of other life-threatening diseases such as cancer and heart diseases, the toxins from smoking a cigarette can decrease sperm count, affect it’s form as well as its motility (how fast it can swim). As a matter of fact, it’s thought to cause about 13 percent of male infertility! Though, the risk doesn’t just stop there. A 2015 research found that when a father smokes, there is an increase risk of birth defects in the child and this could include the risk of sperm damage in the next generation.
02 Poor diet
As cliché as it sounds, it is true that you are what you eat. The health of your sperm can be influenced by your diet. Vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, zinc and selenium are important aspects to produce healthy sperms. Hence, a poor diet that’s lacking essential nutrients can affect sperm quality and ultimately affecting the chances of conceiving a healthy child naturally.
03 Too much of alcohol
Having the occasional glass or two during an occasion is unlikely to cause any harm to your sperm health. However, if you’re a heavy drinker, having too much of alcohol can affect your testosterone production, increase estrogen production and this makes it more difficult to achieve an erection as well as affecting sperm quality. On top of that, alcohol could poison cells in your testes. A high amount of alcohol in your system is known to be toxic which can affect your overall health, including your sperm health.
"Vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, zinc
and selenium are important aspects
to produce healthy sperms."
04 Career choice
This is probably a risk factor that never occurred in your mind and it can be rather tricky on how to tackle the situation especially if it involves a passion of yours. Toxic substances such as pesticides and exposure to high heat (such as for bakers) could turn into a workplace hazard for men especially when it comes to their fertility. There is accumulating medical evidence that some workplace hazards could decrease your sperm count. Although, it may not directly cause infertility, your career choice might contribute to your sperm health.
05 Being overweight
Closely linked to a poor diet, being overweight due to lifestyle habits can cause poor sperm health. A 2015 study published in the Central European Journal of Urology found that the chances of infertility among men increases by 10 percent for every nine kilogrammes a man is overweight. Additionally, the increased weight of a man has also been associated with a lower testosterone level. These various causes that are all linked to being overweight can cause a decline in male fertility.
The good news is, these risk factors are modifiable, meaning it is not too late to change your lifestyle and try again. If you’re finding it difficult to make that change, there are health experts who will be able to guide you and help you take that step towards a healthier and happier life.