Now that you know your semen is healthy, the next step is making sure that your partner is also in the best position to become pregnant.
Also five 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)
- Healthy nutrition
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.
- Moderate exercise
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.
- 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.