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If you are wanting to become a father, and are looking for ways to optimize your fertility, today’s blog is for you. You might be surprised by all the nuances that can add up to boosting your sperm count, whether it’s the things you consume or the things that you do. When you implement changes in your lifestyle, keep in mind that it takes approximately three months for your body to cycle the production of your sperm.

The good news is, you can do things to help your partner conceive with the best quality sperm you can produce. For example, did you know that your sperm health can be impacted by your testicle temperature? Healthy sperm thrives when it is a couple of degrees lower than your normal body temperature. Keeping your groin area cool means getting up and moving around instead of sitting still for extended lengths of time. If you are a frequent user of saunas or hot tubs, or even just habitually wear tight briefs, your sperm count can suffer, so if you are trying to improve your sperm quality, you will want to avoid these. Switch to loose fitting boxers that allow your testicles to breathe, and take showers.

If you regularly exercise or engage in moderate recreational activities and sports, you are actively keeping your weight at normal levels while relieving stress, both of which can impact your fertility. A healthy body weight is good for your sperm quality, and you want to avoid obesity which has the opposite effect on your sperm. Since stress and depression can impact the balance of your hormones and affect your sex drive, it’s a good idea to find ways to boost your mood and whittle away at stress if you and your partner are looking to conceive. You may also want to protect yourself against groin injuries, so wearing protective gear can keep your sperm healthy and safe. When it comes to working out though, keep in mind that moderation is key as studies have shown that those who engage in prolonged, intense workouts actually have a poorer sperm quality.

Along with physical fitness, you also want to maintain a healthy balanced diet to get the nutrients your sperm need to thrive. A recent study found that sperm quality and count benefits from including nuts in your daily diet. Just a handful of mixed nuts, like walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts can have a positive impact. These nuts provide healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants (Vitamin C, E, Zinc and Selenium) and folic acid to improve your healthy sperm.

While moderate consumption of alcohol is generally okay, if you are regularly drinking copious amounts of alcohol, you are lowering not only your sperm count but your levels of testosterone which detrimentally affects your libido. Smoking also damages sperm quality, and since nicotine is harmful to sperm health, even e-cigarettes and vaping are best avoided if you and your partner are trying to conceive.

We invite you to give our team of specialists a call to schedule a consultation that can help you make valuable decisions impacting your fertility. We have a history of successfully helping our clients achieve their conception goals.