One in eight couples have a hard time getting pregnant. While fertility issues are mostly associated with females, many recent studies suggest that a man’s low sperm count can also be a major factor. About one-third of infertility cases are due to a problem on the guy’s end. The reason behind infertility in almost one-half of those cases is due to poor lifestyle choices by men.
So, you may think that you live a healthy life. You may think that your little sperms are alive and well and bountiful. But what could you be doing that could have a negative effects on your ability to reproduce? Here are 10 ways men are destroying their sperm every day.
Yes, everything is made of plastic so it may be hard to stay away from. But try not to drink out of plastic or eat out of plastic if you can avoid it. Bisphenol A (BPA) is the compound found in plastic bottles that can disrupt the quality and quantity of sperm.
We are not just talking tofu and soy milk. Nowadays, soy is found in almost every packaged food product. While some soy is fine for you, eating a lot of soy can really mess with your body’s hormones. Soy can increase the amount of estrogen in your body, making sperm creation and mobility an issue.
It is important to keep your goodies cool. I’m sure you’ve noticed that testicles hang outside of your body so they tend to be a little bit cooler. If you use the heater on your car seat, are a frequent hot tub user or you wear underwear or pants that are too tight, you can be messing with your sperm count. The cooler the better, boys!
It’s all about the mind/body. Even when it comes to sperm. Bodies that are stressed have a difficult time functioning normally. High levels of stress can cause the body to release the hormone cortisol and this can cause the sperm count to drop.
If a man is drinking too much booze, it puts stress on their liver which can raise estrogen levels. Also, alcohol is a toxin and it can directly damage sperm-creating cells in the body as well. This can also lead to a lower sperm count.
Stop carrying your phone on your front pocket. When you do this, the radio frequency electromagnetic radiations are way too close to your crotch. One study showed that exposure to cell-phone EMR lowered sperm motility by eight percent, and viability by nine percent.
Cut the soda out of diet immediately. A Danish study found the men who drank at least a quart of cola everyday, had a 30 percent lower sperm count than those who didn’t. Stick to water and your junk will thank you.
According to a study in 2015, Smoking marijuana more than once a week can lower a man’s sperm count by about a third. The researchers also found that the men who had smoked pot in the past three months were also more likely to smoke cigarettes, and consumed more alcohol and more caffeine than those who had not. Maybe it really is a gateway drug?
So, what did we learn? If you are trying to have a baby you can’t drink alcohol or soda. You can’t smoke pot or cigarettes. You should keep your laptop on your lap. You can’t eat processed meats and you should avoid stress. Does that sound like too much of a hassle? Tell a pregnant woman that and see what happens.