Post # 1
I was just wondering, we always talk about what us women should do in order to increase our fertility; but is there anything men should be doing as well? My doctor told me all about me, and when I asked about him, she said, nope! As long as he keeps his runners cool (no heat on his area), he’s fine.
But, but but! If I have to take all these precautions, he has to do something to, right?
So, did anyone come up interesting reads on how to increase male fertility?
Post # 3
Don’t drink pop/water/juice out of plastic bottles because the chemical makeup of plastic is super close to the chemical makeup of estrogen or something like that. Also, if they are over weight, it can affect sperm count. Those are the only things I remember reading or hearing concerning this though. 🙂
Post # 4
Men should wear boxers! Seriously, when couples are having probs TTC, it is the usually the first thing the doctor will suggest!
Post # 5
My Fiance is taking a multivitamin, I hear that zinc is good. He’s also staying in shape and taking care of himself.
Post # 6
When I brought up the subject of trying for a baby and asked if there was anything specific we should be doing or worrying about, my GYN asked if my fiance was a smoker or heavy drinker. Yes, to both, I said! She said he should cut back on the smokes and the booze. Even if it has nothing to do with fertility, I was happy to pass this advice on to him.
Post # 7
Keep himself cool: That means boxers and not using a laptop on his lap.
Eat well, try not to smoke or drink a lot of alcohol.
Masturbate an hour(ish) before sex. This means that the sperm is newly made and can “swim” better as they will have fewer deformities.
If you orgasm 1-2 minutes after he ejaculates then your sperm retention rate is higher.
These last two aren’t myths or anything, I’ve read scientific papers on the subject.
Hope it helps! 🙂
Post # 8
Ditto everything everyone said.
The other thing is soy products, too much soy products are suppose to reduce his fertility.
Again, I would take all this with a grain of salt and in moderation. ie my husband is lactose intolerant and can only have soy milk. So if we’re not having him abstain from soy milk but if we also regularly ate soy tofu, edamame, etc then that’s a diff story.
But we have definitely kept all these points in mind during our TTC journey. 🙂
I’ve actually read the opposite of your last two points! 😉
I read somewhere that a man’s sperm right now is created actually like a month or so prior so what they ate a month ago affects their sperm today.
I also read that whether a woman orgasms or not during sex has no influence on retaining sperm,etc.
Not saying what I read is right or not or that what you read is wrong. Just pointing out an interesting point. 🙂
Post # 9
@regberadaisy: *sigh* Sometimes science is just fickle.
In terms of the orgasm point it’s best to just follow what I’ve heard because it’s more fun and can’t hurt. 😉
But in terms of the sperm creation, I’m sure that previous diet will affect it, but the sperm is certainly not made a month in advance, at least it is not fully developed until there is a need for more.
Post # 10
He didn’t even tell me when he did it – but my husband actually went to the doc and had a checkup along with sperm count done. He said “Well I was going to tell if you if they found anything unusual”. 🙂
But I was impressed at him taking the initiative to be checked out and talk to his doc about what he should be doing so we’d know of any problems that could arise on his side. Too often it falls to the women to try to increase fertility so it’s nice that men can take some action as well.
Post # 11
@Everdeen: I heard that it’s actually best to have sex first thing in the morning before any masturbation because the sperm count is higher or more concentrated or something. Interesting how science can give us all different answers! 🙂
Post # 12
@Everdeen: wrong on the masturbation. It’s the FIRST round that has the most sperm count in it. It takes several hours (if not longer) to rebuild the sperm count. (Which is partly why I didn’t get pregnant for over four years. I won’t go into details, but, I think you can figure it out.)
Cutting back on alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are great suggestions. Loose clothing is also good. Taking a men’s vitamin is also a good thing.
My Fiance is currently taking Fertility Blend for Men and I’m taking Vitex. I can honestly say that I’ve seen an improvement on BOTH sides. Hopefully I’ll manage to conceive either this month or next.
There’s other stuff, but I really can’t think of it right now. too late, I guess! LOL!
Post # 13
Gah! Science! I love it and hate it sometimes. 😛 I guess having more sperm would help given that then there are more than can die off during the “swim”.
Post # 14
Men make sperm daily. Mature sperm are stored in the epidiymis for up to three weeks and reabsorbed if not used. I teach animal reporuction and that is from of my lectures!
Post # 15
@bluespurrs: very true! but I don’t think a male’s body only lets out a little of that stored sperm the first time around, not when the whole act is geared towards impregnating the female!
but there IS a time limit between the first *ahem* use and the subsequent rounds. It can be stored, yes, but if it’s used, it has to be remade. And I don’t think it can be done within a matter of minutes.
Post # 16
On the same note I have read through many places that too much sex is not a good thing. The suggested is once daily or every other day because the more you do the less concentrated the sperm is. SO it’s not really increasing your chances to have more sex.
By The Way did everyone know that when a man ejaculates it’s not all sperm?? I didn’t.