Every year increasing numbers of couples struggle to conceive. While fertility issues can often focus on the female partner male infertility is on the rise. 30-40% of trouble getting pregnant is thought to be down to male infertility.
So what can you do if you are having trouble getting pregnant?
Male infertility factors are varied and some, like your genetics, you are stuck with. But others can be changed and could make all the difference to your sperm count and general sperm health.
Cleaning up your diet, quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol and getting a moderate amount of exercise will get your body into the best condition possible. Obesity, drugs, tobacco and alcohol all damage sperm and their production.
Stress is a big cause of male infertility. The exercise recommended above can help with that. Exercise boosts happy hormones, helps you sleep well and makes you feel good. Reducing caffeine and sugar will help keep you healthy and also relax your body. Getting enough sleep is vitally important to combat stress – you should be aiming for 8 hours a night on a regular schedule.
Meditation and exercise like yoga helps to clear the mind and keep you focussed. Socialising with family and friends is a good distraction and is relaxing. Open up to someone about your concerns – a trouble shared is a trouble halved after all. Getting your worries out in the open is like releasing a big burden and it could be stressing you out more than you realise.
Get in the know and protect yourself from the less well known causes of male infertility like mobile phone radiation. Mobile phone radiation has been found to damage sperm as it develops. A WaveWall anti-radiation phone case will block 85% of that radiation from reaching your body.
Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about how long it is taking to conceive. There may be other underlying medical issues that should be taken care of. If you are already seeing a doctor heed their advice but try not to make fertility treatment the sole focus of every day. Spend time with your partner, have fun together, plan romantic trips or dates. Reconnect and remember what this is all in aid of – building a family and life together.
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