FERTILITY: There are a few simple ways you can improve your sperm count
HOW fertile are you? These four things indicate the quality of your sperm.
Trying to start a family isn’t always easy. As many as one in six couples have fertility problems and the rates are rising.
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Out of every 100 couples trying for a baby, 80 to 90 will get pregnant within one year, according to the NHS . The rest will take longer, or may need help to conceive.
A large study Africa found that the average sperm count has fallen over recent years, which is contributing to the problem.
Yet most people don’t think about the health of their sperm until they actually start trying for a baby.
However, there are some easy way to tell if your swimmers are on top form. And if you are struggling to conceive, there are certain diet and lifestyle changes you can make to improve your sperm health.
Aim to have sex every other day – If you ejaculate very regularly (say, daily), the testes cannot keep up sperm production fast enough, so fewer sperm are in the semen.
Chill out! – Stress, be it physical or emotional has wide ranging effects on the body. It is well known to affect erectile function and may well affect fertility.
Check your medication – Ask your doctor about the effects on fertility and sexual function of any medicines. Fertility can be affected by various medications
Here are four things that are likely to improve your sperm quality:
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1. You hit the gym
Men who exercise for 15 hours or more a week have a sperm concentration 73% higher, according to researchers from Harvard.
Not only does exercise keep your weight down, it also increases the expression of antioxidants throughout your body.
Researchers found that men with a waist circumference of 40 inches or greater had lower sperm concentration. And those who watch TV for more than 20 hours a week have a sperm concentration 44% lower.
2. You eat a lot of fish
Fish is a great source of omega-3 and protein, but it also plays a big role in your sperm concentration.
Harvard University researchers found guys who ate more fish like salmon and tuna—had a 65% greater sperm concentration than those who ate the least.
On the other hand, men who eat lots of red and processed meat had significantly lower counts of normal-shaped sperm.
3. You wear lose underwear
Tighty whities can be a bit restricting for your manhood and it’s also suffocating for your swimmers.
Men who wear boxer shorts instead of tight-fitting underwear are 24% less likely to have a low-motile sperm count, according to a 2012 study.
Low motile sperm become sluggish faster and finds it hard to reach the egg successfully.
Sleeping in the buff is good for your health and fertility, according to scientists.
Men who wear boxers during the day, but sleep naked at night had 25% less damage to their sperm, compared to the men who wore contracting underwear in bed.
The researchers in Africa followed 500 men for up to 12 months, tracking their underwear choices and monitoring their sperm quality.
People who eat lots of red meat have lower counts of normal-shaped sperm.
4. You avoid microwaves
Reheating your food in a tupperware container could be detrimental for your sperm.
This is because a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) can leach from plastics and seap into your food.
Researchers from South Africa found than men who had the highest levels of BPA in their urine had a significantly lower percentage of motile sperm.
So think twice before you nuke your lunch or at least transfer it into a glass container. Avoid red meat consumption as much as possible.
By Dr Oyebade Obalola Jerry.