Lifestyle choices play an important role in the health and well being on an individual. Fertility is no different. Many factors can contribute to fertility troubles, and the health of both partners plays an important role. In fact male infertility accounts for about half of the couples who are unable to conceive.
Most lifestyle choices, age, food, exercise, weight, stress levels and sleep quality, are associated in some way with fertility where physical and mental health, occupational and environmental exposures, substance use and abuse and medications impact fertility.
The primary causes of male infertility include low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. But while these issues are sometimes the result of underlying health problems, they can also be caused by certain lifestyle factors.
Some of the lifestyle factors that negatively impact fertility in men are:
Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can decrease sperm count and mobility.
Alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol intake can reduce testosterone levels and sperm production.
Drug use: Recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine can negatively impact sperm production and function.
Obesity: Being overweight or obese can lead to hormonal imbalances that can affect sperm production.
Lack of exercise: A sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and hormonal imbalances, which can negatively impact fertility.
Stress: High levels of stress can negatively impact sperm production and overall reproductive health.
Exposure to toxins: Exposure to certain chemicals and toxins, such as pesticides and lead, can decrease sperm count and motility.
It’s worth noting that some of these factors may be interrelated, such as being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle. In addition to that, some medical conditions such as varicocele, undescended testicles, and genetic disorders can also affect fertility in men. It is important to consult a specialist in case of any concern.
On the other hand, some habits that can positively impact male fertility include:
Eating a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can support sperm production and overall reproductive health.
Maintaining a healthy weight: A healthy body weight can help regulate hormones and support sperm production.
Exercising regularly: Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and improve overall health.
Getting enough sleep: Adequate sleep is important for overall health and can help regulate hormones that impact fertility.
It’s important to note that making healthy lifestyle choices can help improve fertility in men.
It’s recommend to see a specialist or a doctor if you have concerns about your fertility. They can help determine the cause of any fertility issues and provide recommendations for treatment.
Fortunately, most of the causes of infertility are treatable with procedures – Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) methods.
Womb Fertility Center is equipped with advanced technology to address all fertility issues. Please contact Dr. M. Loukya,(MBBS, MS OBG, FRM, Dip. In Art & Reproductive Medicine (Germany) Fertility Specialist & Laparoscopic Surgeon for any medical concerns.