Research shows that poor nutrition, regular consumption of alcohol (yes, even wine everyday) can lower the quality and quantity of sperm. In addition, smoking, marijuana, steroids lead to abnormally shaped sperm and decreased sperm production.
Infertility affects men and women equally.
Nutrition has a direct impact on the sperm potency. Up to half of infertility problems can be traced to men.
Research shows that dads who drink heavily ( the equivalent of two drinks a day) , during the month prior to conception have babies who weigh on average 6.5 ounces less than other babies. Low birth weight is a serious medical condition that can affect your child's health and behavior for the rest of his/her life.
Several studies show that even short-term zinc deficiencies can reduce semen volume and testosterone levels. Great sources include extra-lean ground beef (a three-ounce serving has 4.5 mg), baked beans (a one-cup serving has 3.55 mg), and dark chicken meat (2.38 mg per three ounces).
Infertility researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison suggest that consuming 1,000 mg of calcium and 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day may improve men's fertility. Good sources of calcium include low-fat milk (an eight-ounce glass has 414 mg) and yogurt (one cup has 302 mg of calcium). You'll find vitamin D in milk (an eight-ounce glass has two mcg) and salmon (a three-ounce serving has eight mcg).
Drugs such as steroids, cigarettes, marijuana and alcohol can negatively impact your health in many ways, including greatly affecting your testicular function, leading to abnormally shaped sperm, decreased sperm motility and/or decreased sperm production. Drug use can also cause birth defects. If you avoid drugs now, you can improve your changes of conceiving in the future. www.health.org | ASRMís Paper on Smoking and Infertility (Microsoft Word document)
In addition, may also experience decreased sperm production for this reason.
The ability to conceive decreases with aging, affecting sperm shape and motility. While there is no maximum age at which men are not capable of conceiving a child, aging does have an effect. To improve your chances of conceiving, consider your age an important factor. ASRMís Paper on Aging and Infertility (Microsoft Word document)
If you have any question or concerns, ask your doctor about more information on the risks to your fertility.
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