Low sperm count is a primary reason for infertility in men. When a couple is trying to conceive both the partners must be healthy. There are chances that there could be some problem in the male partner such as low sperm count and problems associated with the sperm. Let’s look at the ways sperm count can be improved.
When planning to have a baby for more than a year by having unprotected intercourse, you need to make sure that you undergo an infertility test. You can conduct some basic tests to determine the sperm count, alternatively, you can consider doing the sperm test by having a complete semen analysis at the clinic. Semen test should have a sperm count around 20 million with good motility and morphology. This article shares some of the best ways to improve sperm count.
What Causes Low Sperm Count
There are several factors which contribute to the low sperm count. Let’s see some of the ways which we can take control over.
Electromagnetic Frequency– Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) emit radiations which produce heat which when passed to the testicles affects the sperm count. When using electronic devices it’s advised not to place on lap and areas near the genitals.
Radio frequency electromagnetic waves– Electromagnetic waves from wifi also contribute to the low sperm count, decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation. Avoid too much time exposure to wifi and other radiations.
Smoking and Alcohol– Smoking cause immense damage to the sperm. A couple planning to conceive must quit smoking. Excess consumption of alcohol causes low sperm count.
Pesticides and hormones in foods – The pesticides found on produce and the hormones added to dairy and meat have a HUGE effect on a man’s hormonal balance. Pesticides mimic estrogens in the body while the added hormones in meat and dairy are actual hormones (like estrogen) you do not want in your system.
Soy foods – Highly processed soy foods (soy milk, TVP, soy burgers, etc.) contain concentrated amounts of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen shown to block estrogen receptor sites that are needed for testosterone.
Alcohol– In a study of men with poor sperm quality, excessive alcohol consumption was associated with a decrease in the number of normal sperm.
Plastics – When plastics are heated they release xenohormones which mimic estrogen in the body.
Hyperthermia (overheating) – The testicles need to keep the sperm at a healthy temperature (which is less than the body’s temperature). It is thought that this may be in part why the male reproductive organs are external. Heat is known to damage sperm, so it may be best to avoid repeated exposure to activities that may elevate the temperature of the testicles. Examples are frequent use of saunas or hot tubs. In addition, tight underwear like briefs can keep the testicles from being able to hang and regulate their temperature. Boxers could be an alternative to briefs.
Stress – Stress can have a big impact on hormone balance which can, in turn, have an effect on sperm production.