Even if your sperm count is low, this doesn’t immediately mean you’re infertile. There are several things you and your partner can do to improve your chances of conceiving a child. Of course it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor and discuss your options with them. Also browse our website dokteronline.com for information on your fertility.
Also eight tips for you and your partner to increase your chances of conceiving:
- Use a self-test to track her most fertile days, check out the ovulation test
- Take prenatal vitamins (for her)
Eating a healthy diet can contribute to a high sperm count. Try to avoid a ‘western’ diet of things such as high intake of red/processed meat, refined grains, snacks, sweets and energy drinks. Instead try to make sure your diet involves lots of chicken, fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Try and include the following nutrients in your diet, too: vitamin B12 and vitamin C, nuts and lycopene.
Try to avoid tight underwear
It’s a good idea to wear boxer shorts rather than briefs as boxers keep the testicles cooler. The reason why the testes are suspended outside of your body is to keep them cool, they’re meant to be about 2 degrees colder than your body temperature.
Making sure you are a healthy weight is a great way to keep your semen healthy. Obesity and minimal physical activity have proven to have a negative impact on the health of sperm. But exercising too much can also affect your sperm, so moderation is the key.
Keep heat sources away from your groin
Devices that become hot such as mobile phones and laptops can increase the temperature of your testes. Don’t keep your phone in your front trouser pocket and avoid having your laptop on your lap for too long. Saunas, steam rooms and even a fever can also affect the health of your sperm.
Minimise your caffeine and alcohol intake
Drinks that contain caffeine can affect sperm count and sperm DNA, so it’s best to minimise your intake of coffee and energy drinks, for example. Alcohol can also impact the health of your sperm, the more you drink the bigger the effect.
Don’t smoke and avoid drugs
Tobacco and drugs reduce the sperm count of your semen and increases sperm abnormality. When you stop smoking and/or taking drugs, the health of your sperm with improve. It will take about three months for your sperm quality to return to normal.