This is just a little something my MD shared with me:
It’s time to find a care provider you feel comfortable with and get started with a pre-conception appointment.
Eliminate as many medications from your routine as possible. Talk with your physician about your prescription medications. You may need to discontinue use or try something new. The following medications have been known to impact male fertility:
- Tagamet (cimetidine), sulfasalazine, or nitrofurantoin are used to treat ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, and urinary tract infections. These medications may impact sperm production and sperm count.
- Steroids, such as prednisone and cortisone, which are used to treat asthma, arthritis and skin conditions, impact male fertility.
- Chemotherapy and radiation could cause sterility or a significant change in sperm quality and quantity.
Few and far between are the men who would be opposed to this. What you eat can make a difference. Find out what your proper weight range should be and make the necessary dietary and exercise changes to get there.
Studies suggest that some men with low sperm count also have a zinc deficiency. The following foods are high in zinc and could increase your fertility: meat, wholegrain cereals, seafood, and eggs. Selenium, which is found in Brazil nuts, meat, seafood, mushrooms and cereals, has also been found to aid in fertility.
Adding more vitamin E may also help the process along. Getting plenty of Z’sss is good for eve
Eliminate alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and any illicit drugs. Too much alcohol may reduce zinc levels, and drugs decrease sperm quality.
There is some research being done that may link smoking and certain rare heart defects, but further studies must be done to make an accurate conclusion.
Heat from hot tubs, saunas, hot long showers ( more than 30 minutes), heating pads, electric blankets, and tight clothing like briefs and spandex could cause your testicles to become too hot which decreases sperm quantity.
Cycling can cause a lot of friction and jostling, which increases the temperature of your testicles. The rise in temperature and possibility of injury may exacerbate low sperm count.
The above may sound like a long list of “don’ts”. Here’s a list of “do’s” that might keep you going when the going gets tough:
- Do keep in mind that you are getting healthy along the way and preventing many other major medical complications.
- Do take a multivitamin, male fertility supplement or even a pre-natal vitamin!
- Consider taking an at home fertility test to give you more peace of mind.
- Do enjoy sex and romance like you used to. It’s easy to think of sex as a chore while trying to get pregnant. Remember there is more to it than just making a baby.
- Do be romantic. Life will change (in a good way) after a baby comes. But it will never be just like it is now. Enjoy every moment together.
rything that ails you, even low sperm counts and sperm quality.