In honor of June’s National Men’s Health Month, Utah Fertility Center would like to share some ways you can take better care of yourself for better health and wellness (which boosts fertility). Many men are often so busy taking care of others that they neglect their own self-care. Raising awareness of men’s health issues helps prevent and detect problems earlier for effective treatment and this is good news as you are susceptible to depression, heart disease, diabetes, prostate and testicular cancer. This is important because men also tend to put off seeking medical care which can mean the difference between life and death.
Annual LGBT Pride Celebration
June also honors the Annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration that takes place worldwide to remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place with members of the gay community in response to a police raid. It also recognizes the impact LGBTQ people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer have made around the world. Pride Parades typically take place along with peaceful protests to raise awareness around issues the LGBTQ community faces every day. Utah Fertility Center proudly supports and treats the LGBTQ community.
There are between 2 million and 3.7 million children below age 18 who have an LGBTQ parent with around 200,000 of them being raised by a same-sex couple. Same-sex couples today are increasingly growing their families through assisted reproductive technology and third third-party reproduction involving a gestational carrier, egg donor or sperm donor.
Men’s Health Goals
When it comes to your health, Men’s Health Month is a reminder to evaluate your health and figure out what you want to change. Losing excess weight, exercising to build muscle mass, eating more vegetables and cutting back on sugar are all ways you can better your health and boost your fertility.
See Your Doctor: Regular checkups are important, and if you are stressed about a health issue, we encourage you to see your doctor so you can get the proper treatment to feel your best. Since fertility and libido are impacted by your overall health, anything you can do for your general health can positively impact your fertility, sperm count and mobility.
Lose Weight: Losing weight often helps because carrying extra weight is associated with infertility. Your doctor can recommend a healthy weight loss diet to get you feeling good again. Did you know that snacking on antioxidant-rich food like walnuts can benefit fertility? Also, taking a Vitamin D supplement can boost your testosterone levels and provide greater sperm motility.
Increase Physical Activity: Exercise can relieve stress, help you sleep (and feel) better and boost testosterone while improving fertility.
Get Enough Zzz’s: Sleep is essential for well being, for both your physical and mental health. While you might be tempted to work long hours at the expense of your sleep quality that won’t help you feel your best or function optimally.
Relaxation: Stress diminishes your sexual satisfaction and impairs your fertility, mainly because of the hormone cortisol which causes testosterone levels tend to drop. Lower your stress levels by walking in nature, exercising, meditating, socializing with friends, and taking any prescribed medication as needed.
Cut Back on Alcohol: Drinking excess alcohol can lessen your testosterone levels and impact the quality of your semen, so limit your consumption if you want healthy results.
Healthy Parents Healthy Baby
When procreating, you want to be in your best health to produce quality sperm and have the highest chance of success. If you are in a same-sex relationship, you will want your gestational carrier and egg donor to be healthy so together you can produce the healthiest embryo.
Our Utah Fertility Center team in Pleasant Grove, Murray, Ogden, and St. George, Utah, are ready to help you on your journey to building the family you want. We invite LGBTQ couples to practice healthy habits to support you on your fertility journey. We have the experience, technology, knowledge and dedication to help you achieve your dreams of parenthood. Please call 801-785-5100 today to get started on your journey!