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8 tips to keep your sperm healthy

By Roshan Kokane November 27, 06:00 am
One-third of men face infertility problems. The main reason is an unhealthy lifestyle. Read our tips to keep your sperm in a good shape.
Avoid junk food

Keeping your diet healthy, full of proteins and carbohydrates, is essential for your sperm to live in good condition. Research concludes that when men eat fatty, unhealthy food, their sperm lose the ability to move vigorously towards the ovarian tube.

Food items that are rich in processed grains and red meat impair sperm motility. Avoid all the junk food and try to include fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fish that contain natural antioxidants in your diet. It provides the building blocks for healthy sperm.

Exercise regularly

A man’s sperm quality directly correlates to his fitness. Studies have proved that men who exercise regularly have higher sperm concentration and being overweight or underweight affects male fertility.

No outdoor activity, watching television for long hours, and skipping meals are some key factors that compromise sperm quality. However, excessive exercise and steroids are also not good for sperms. Women also need to keep a check on their weight in order to conceive.

Quit binge drinking and smoking

Drinking too much alcohol regularly can lower the level of testosterone. Altered levels of reproductive hormones can cause difficulty in conceiving. Besides, it can also cause problems in normal body functions like growth, development and metabolism. Consumption of alcohol in large proportions can lead to azoospermia, a condition for no sperm cells in semen.

Smoking increases the chances of erectile dysfunction in men and complications in pregnancy for women. Smoking can affect the genetic material in sperm and eggs and result in the birth of underweight babies. Giving up smoking can help you increase your fertility. Pregnant women exposed to second-hand smoke can also cause harm to the unborn baby.

Keep it cool down there!

Ideally, for normal sperm production, the temperature of your scrotum should be three to four degrees lower than the rest of your body. If the temperature goes higher, its side effects could be drastic.

Wearing tight underwear traps heat near the testicles. Wear clean, loose clothes around your private parts. Avoid too much direct exposure to sauna, hot tubs, warm blankets or any heat emitting gadgets such as laptops, cell phones.

Beat the stress

Constant stress could be an additional risk factor leading to infertility in men. There is no evidence that stress alone causes infertility but its effects on the autonomous nerve function can affect sperm volume. Stress is also a contributing factor to anxiety and low self-esteem during sex, resulting in lower sex drive.

When in need, consult a doctor

Couples are diagnosed with fertility all the time but it remains a taboo subject. If you are not able to conceive or face any problem during climax, you must see a doctor. Do not believe in myths.There are various chronic diseases and infections (including STDs) that affect your fertility.

Infertility could be due to many reasons: health, psychology, social factors etc. It is important to treat it under the guidance of an expert. Your treatment could depend on your age, how long have you been infertile and other aspects.

Get proper sleep

Sleep disturbances or irregular and insufficient sleep alters male libido and disturbs the circadian rhythm of reproductive hormones. A study conducted in Copenhagen, among 953 Danish men concluded that sleeping erratically could lead to 20 to 30 per cent decrease in sperm concentration.

Say no to drugs

Many synthetic drugs (legal or illegal) are harmful to your semen. Some prescribed medicines also have negative side effects. Supplemental testosterone can change the rate of sperm production. Anabolic steroids are unsafe as well.

Prolonged use of marijuana, stimulants like cocaine, MDMA, or even methamphetamine lead to low sperm count. Some other drugs that you need to stay away from are alpha blockers, 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors etc.

To get more information on various drugs that are harmful to male fertility, click here!
 

Do you want to add to our list of tips to keep your sperm healthy? Do share your ideas or suggestions via comments or Facebook.

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Comments
George Ooling
Wed, 12/02/2015 - 03:13 pm
Ready 2 Follow All Advises Bt Many Do's Are On Ma Side Bt I Still Need More Science Bcoz I Need 2 Perfect Ma R/ship.I Shud Nt not Make Give Ma Partner Stress

Hi Ken, semen can have a yellowish color if it mixes with urine during ejaculation or it may be a sign of an infection especially if the semen has a different smell and ejaculation is accompanied by pain. It is normal to occasionally ejaculate semen with a yellowish color, however if the color is a dark yellow, pink or red and has the signs of an infection mentioned earlier then one needs to seek medical attention. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/semen-top-five-facts

Hello John, thank you for reaching out to us. There is no medical evidence that masturbation has an effect on sperm production. However, having repeated orgasms from masturbation could cause your body to use up all of it's fresh semen and sperm. So an orgasm that occurs after repeated orgasms might be dry. This should not cause alarm as it remedies after a few hours of rest.

Otieno Bryan
Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:33 am
I have these problems ;my dick doesn't seem to be growing even now at old age, my dick doesn't turn on(erect strongly) and the

Hello Otieno Bryan, thank you for reaching out and sharing. Starting around age 50 (often earlier among smokers and, or, diabetics), erections change. In some men, the process is gradual, in others, it happens more quickly. Either way, older men lose the ability to raise erections solely from sexual fantasies. Direct fondling of the penis becomes necessary. When erections appear, they rise more slowly and do not become as firm as they were during men’s thirties and forties. And minor distractions may cause wilting—the doorbell or an ambulance siren. These changes alarm many men, who jump to the conclusion that they must have ED. If you can still raise erection during masturbation, you don’t. What you have is erection dissatisfaction. Post-50 erection changes are normal and inevitable. But some lifestyle factors can postpone or even temporarily reverse them: falling madly in love, getting in shape, and making love earlier in the day when you have more energy. Unfortunately, other factors exacerbate erection dissatisfaction: anxiety, alcohol, many other drugs, relationship problems, and making love when fatigued—late at night after a long day and a big dinner with wine. Anxiety is particularly pernicious. It triggers the fight-or-flight reflex that sends blood away from the central body, including the penis, and out to the limbs for self-defence or escape. Less blood in the central body means less blood available for erection. Erection dissatisfaction is upsetting, but try to accept it. It’s normal. And when men become anxious about it, erections become less likely. Good ways to minimise anxiety: a hot shower before sex, and during lovemaking, deep meditative breathing, a slow pace, sensual touch all over—which is the kind of sex most women say they prefer.

Lastly, here are a couple of important points to keep in mind: a healthy lifestyle minimises the risk of ED, drugs such as viagra are worth trying but don’t expect miracles, if you’re no longer having intercourse, you don’t need erections, contrary to popular belief, men can have orgasms without erections, the drugs work best in combination with sex therapy and lastly, erection changes can mark the end of sex or a new erotic beginning so do not worry too much Otieno, you are still a king! Stay safe and have a lovely week ahead!

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