It’s important to understand that the lifestyle you incorporate decides to a great extent the health of your sperm. Healthy sperm isn’t always a guarantee. Sperm health depends on several factors. Quality, movement and structure are some main determinants of your sperm health.
You are most likely to be fertile if in a single ejaculation, what is discharged is at least fifteen million sperm per milliliter. Too little sperm count in an ejaculation makes getting pregnant much more difficult. Another determinant of sperm health is its motility. The sperm in order to reach and fertilize the eggs must wriggle and swim through a woman’s cervix, uterus and fallopian tube. You can be called fertile only when at least forty percent of your sperm is moving. The structure of the sperm is another determinant. If maximum of your sperms are oval heads with long tails, then you are more likely to be fertile.
It’s important to understand what the medical causes of lower fertility in a man’s case are. The Hypothalamus or the pituitary gland signals the testicles to produce sperms. Problems in Hypothalamus or the pituitary gland can affect fertility. Testicular diseases and sperm transport disorders equally contribute to male fertility problems. Another important factor to consider is of age. Beyond the age of fifty, sperm motility and normal proportions of sperm significantly decrease.
There are ways you can refine your sperm health. Maintaining a healthy diet, not letting your body mass index increase will help maintain good sperm motility. Choosing to eat fresh fruits, vegetables and food that’s rich in anti-oxidants improves sperm health. Always use a condom while having sex to prevent spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. These STIs can render a man infertile. It’s judicious to limit your sexual partners or stay in a mutual monogamous relationship with a partner who isn’t affected.
Smoking and drinking alcohol lowers sperm count. Manage stress and avoid toxins. Tricuclic antidepressants, anti-androgens can also contribute to infertility. Always consult a doctor before beginning on any medication. Research has shown, using lubricants during sex also reduces fertility. If necessary use only baby or canola oil, egg whites.
Take precautions and adopt a healthy lifestyle. If even a year of unprotected sex you and your partner haven’t gotten pregnant, it’s advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible.