Seven steps to producing healthy sperm?
Men can take simple steps to increase their chances of producing healthy sperm:
1. Eat a healthy diet. Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity and being underweight can negatively affect sperm quality, reducing both sperm count and sperm movement.
3. Manage stress. Stress can decrease sexual function and interfere with the hormones needed to produce sperm.
4. Get moving. Men should include physical activity in their daily routine.
5. Don't smoke. Men who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have low sperm counts. Smoking can also decrease sperm movement and cause sperm to be misshapen.
6. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Heavy drinking can reduce the quality and quantity of sperm. If men choose to drink alcohol they should do so only in moderation.
7. Stay cool. Increased scrotal temperature can hamper sperm production. To protect your fertility, don't wear tight underwear or athletic shorts and avoid hot tubs, saunas, steamy baths and laptops on your lap.
Information to help family planning
Adopting healthy lifestyle practices to promote your fertility and avoiding things that can damage it can improve your chances of conceiving.
You may also wish to have a better picture of your own fertility health to support your family planning and this can be offered through our Fertility Check.
We can help you and your partner optimise your fertility
Step 1 in Complete Fertility’s programme for pregnancy is our Preconception Programme that aims to optimise conditions for a healthy pregnancy. The programme starts with an individual consultation with our specially trained nurses who work with you to draw up a personal profile indicating what factors you might be able to influence to improve your chances of conceiving either with or without fertility treatments. They will then work with you to look at the options available to help you make those changes.
Male factor infertility
Sperm problems will contribute to about 40% of infertility cases. Key to the diagnosis of male infertility is a semen analysis, which assesses primary sperm numbers, sperm movement and sperm form. Listen to Mr Nick Brook talk about male factor infertility.