Male fertility, it isn’t talked about anywhere near as much as a woman’s egg count, but it also shouldn’t be played down, there are plenty of reasons why a male isn’t as fertile. Whether it be stress, sleep or what you eat, there are plenty of things that play into how fertile you are. We are going to talk through a few of the reasons why a man may be infertile.
Stress hormones can severely interfere with the hormones that control sperm production. Research has shown that men under stress at work or home are more likely to have poor sperm quality, resulting in a negative effect toward male fertility. A balanced diet, getting enough sleep and regular exercise are all important for helping manage stress, as well as taking steps to address any particular triggers – such as issues at work, and saying “yes” to everything and not leaving time to recharge. If you are feeling stressed, don’t hesitate to get in touch and see what Moorgate Andrology can do to help.
An Unhealthy Diet
A poor diet can impact our health in general, which may contribute to reduced fertility. A balanced diet, with plenty of anti-oxidant filled fruit and veg, is usually the best approach. In fact, one of the most important nutrients for the production of sperm and male hormones is zinc, so foods such as fish, sardines, eggs, whole grains, brown rice and nuts are great for sperm production.
This is a strange one to see isn’t it, in a world where we are encouraged to keep fit through exercise, it may seem strange to include over-exercising as a reason why sperm quality may be poor. But the main reason is that if excessive exercise could lower the amount of testosterone in your body, that does not mean stop exercising, just don’t overdo it.
Too much caffeine
While the health benefits of coffee regularly feature in headlines these days, too much caffeine can be detrimental in other ways. Studies indicate that problems with sperm health seem to increase the more cups of coffee men drink a day. This could be down to caffeine having a diuretic effect, therefore depleting the body of vital fertility boosting nutrients, such as zinc and calcium.
So, there are a few reasons why you may be struggling with fertility, but there are plenty of other reasons out there, so if you wish to know more look out for our other blogs on male fertility.
If you are struggling contact Moorgate Andrology for help.