Men and Fertility

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Fertility is not just a women’s issue. Statistics show that 35-40% of infertility issues are male related. So it makes sense to look at how men can improve their chances for conception, as well.

Stress, alcohol and smoking are the most common culprits when dealing with male-related infertility, but there are many other factors that can lower testosterone, decrease sperm concentration, limit motility or even damage sperm, including:

· Obesity

· Prescription medications: talk to your doctor to see if the medications you are taking affect fertility

· Heavy metals, such as lead and mercury

· Hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and laptops

· High levels of the hormone disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) have led to decreased sperm concentrations and motility

· Although the jury is still out on weather cell phones can damage sperm, it may be a good idea to avoid placing your phone in your pants pocket or in your lap

The good news is that there are many things that have been studied to boost sperm count, quality and motility. Recently, a study found that eating about 2.5 ounces of walnuts per day increased fertility in men.

Supplementing with zincselenium and vitamin E can also have a very positive effect on male sperm, thereby increasing fertility.

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