Optimizing sperm

Glow • Wed Dec 28. 2016

Sperm is important too!

For some reason, many people believe fertility to be a woman’s issue. But nothing could be further from the truth! Up to 40% of fertility issues arise from the male partner. If you and your partner are trying to conceive, make sure to keep in mind the fertility tips found in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) Guide to Optimizing Male Fertility.

For those of you who didn’t click through to the ASRM guide (we see you!), here are the highlights:

  • Heat affects sperm. As in, no more hot-tubs, no more sitting around for long periods of time with a laptop on his lap.

  • Weight affects sperm. Obesity has been clearly linked to impaired sperm production. Overweight men might be able to improve their sperm count and mobility by achieving their ideal BMI.

  • Smoking affects sperm. Men who are trying to conceive should consider stopping smoking immediately. Also, recreational drugs, including anabolic steroids and marijuana, are associated with impaired sperm function. According to the ASRM, they too should not be used during this time.

  • Medication affects sperm. According to the ASRM,  certain type of medication, as well as any disease that triggers high fevers, can impair the body’s ability to make sperm. You and your partner should run all the medication you are taking by a doctor before you set out on a journey to conceive.

And don’t forget, any changes in a man’s lifestyle will take almost three months to show an improvement in sperm.

Glow Pages gives you access to the best doctors in your area, should you want to further research male-factor infertility. You can also join the conversation in Glow Community.

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Ma Posted at Jan 14. 2017
For women, does it only takes blood work to find out fertility test? What are the test to be done to find out if im healthy enough to conceive?
Ha Posted at Jan 10. 2017
We really wanted to concieve this year and if the guide says to stop smoking and drinking alcohol is the answer for us to concieve, then we are much willing to stop it. Im 36 already and its hard for me to get pregnant now. So I will do anything just to have one baby. 😊
Sa Posted at Jan 09. 2017
I was so hoping this was true in our case after 3 sperm analyst and blood work our doctor said it's time to start testing me! Since right now it's un-explained infertility since all my blood work and papa are normal no history of PCOS or endro it's been a long almost 2 years hoping to have answers soon!!