Preconception health for him

Preconception health for him

 
 

Making a baby takes two to tango, so while you are doing everything you can to become more fertile, there is still one other factor, your partner’s fertility. Men can be quite stubborn when the quality of their sperm is put into question, so it’s not an easy conversation to bring up. But in fact, around 35% of infertility cases are caused by problems with the male sperm. If he is willing to help improve your chances of having a baby, there is more he can do besides the arduous task of being ready for sex. There are several lifestyle and health factors that contribute to the ability of his sperm reaching your egg. Here are some simple tips which he can follow.

Avoid the tight squeeze

Tight clothing around the crotch can reduce the testes ability to produce sperm if worn on a regular basis. If he is constantly wearing tight jeans or spandex, it might be a good option to wear more loosing fitting pants, at least while he’s trying to have kids. Another factor is wearing briefs all the time. Many men can improve their sperm count simply by switching to boxer shorts. It doesn’t have to be a complete transition, simply wearing looser fitting pants and/or boxers whilst at home or on weekends will give the testes more time to perform their work uninterrupted. It’s a similar story for bicyclists and horsemen. If he rides a bicycle or horse everyday it can place the testes under considerable stress and reduce sperm production. Thus if there are alternative options available, they should be sought to reduce the time spent on a bicycle or horse, whilst trying to conceive.

Hazards

There are many substances and chemicals that can affect your man’s sperm production, quality and DNA. Typically they exist in the workplace (industrial and laboratory) but can appear in other places or in medication and drugs. The hazardous chemicals usually come with a warning, so it’s important to check if he is exposed to any and seek ways he might be able to avoid or reduce the exposure to them.

Reduce the heat

The production of sperm is a very delicate process that requires the temperature inside the testes to be between 35°C and 36°C. Thus while you’re trying for kids, he should avoid or reduce the time he spends in a hot bath, spa and sauna because they can significantly raise the temperature of the testes and reduce sperm count. Other factors that can raise the temperature between the legs are sleeping with an electric blanket or what is now a common factor, placing a laptop on their lap while they use it. Laptops can generate significant amount of heat so it’s preferable that he keeps the laptop on the desk or places a cushion or something underneath the laptop to absorb most of the heat.

Cutting back the drink and smoke

The same rules apply for him as they do for you. Drinking alcohol and cigarette smoke can lower his sperm count and even reduce their ability to swim. If he can reduce the amount he drinks or smokes it could improve those chances just enough to make things happen, but if he can cut back considerably or even stop completely then that’s even better. This also includes the use of recreational drugs which have a negative link to sperm production.

Healthy weight, diet and exercise

If he is in good physical shape then it’s more likely his sperm will be as well. Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to have fertility issues than those in the healthy normal weight range. A balanced diet and exercise regime is a vital component for losing excess pounds and maintaining that healthy weight. In addition, a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is important for maintaining a healthy sperm count and regular exercise stimulates the production of testosterone, the hormone that helps trigger sperm production.

De-stress

Trying to make a baby can be stressful not only for you, but for him as well. There can be a lot of pressure for a man to perform, whether it’s through external sources, your eagerness to have a child or the pressure he places on himself. On top of that, there are the everyday stressors of work, finances and family. Stress is one of the most common factors in fertility issues as it stimulates the release of cortisol, a hormone that can interfere with sperm production. Thus it’s important to keep your man relaxed, well rested and ensure he isn’t getting stressed every time the pregnancy test comes back negative. This will not only benefit his sperm production but also his mood and performance in bed.

Check-up

It’s important when trying for kids that your man is at or close to his optimum health to improve the chances of conception occurring. A visit to the doctor is recommended to make sure he is fit, healthy and raring to go. Sometimes even the smallest thing like a virus or bacterial infection can compromise his overall health which includes the health of his sperm. So it’s important to correct things that maybe harmful and prevent them compromising months and months of trying. A doctor can also look at his sperm count and quality to pinpoint any potential issues that may be reducing your ability to conceive. So if you have been trying for a long time and you are thinking of getting yourself checked it might be a good opportunity to get him checked out as well.