Five Causes Of Male Infertility You Can Prevent
According to statistics, male infertility accounts for about 30% of all infertility issues, which means it affects many people. Fortunately, many causes of male infertility are preventable. Here are a few examples of such preventable causes of male infertility:
By now, most people know the dangerous health effects of smoking. However, some may not know that infertility is one of these dangerous health effects. According to research, the effect is there because smoking degrades the protein (protamine 2) needed for sperm formation, and damaged sperms are less likely to fertilize eggs. Therefore, if you are a smoker who has hopes of having biological children in the future, it's time to stop smoking to boost your chances of having kids.
Drinking alcohol is another habit that can interfere with your ability to have kids. Alcohol interferes both with the volume of sperms produced as well as their development, meaning even the few sperms produced may not be developed enough to cause fertilization. Therefore, this is another habit to kick if you are trying to get a baby and you can't seem to succeed.
How much you weigh can also affect your fertility. Many people think that being overweight is the only issue here, but the reality is that even being underweight interferes with your fertility. Being overweight, for instance, reduces the level of your testosterone levels, which interferes with the production of healthy sperms since the hormone is integral to the process. Being underweight interferes with production levels of sperm, leading to infertility as a result of low sperm count.
A healthy exercise regime is good for your overall health, but a poor exercise regime is a recipe for disaster. Your fertility is one of the things that will suffer when you aren't exercising in the right way; specifically, if you are over exercising. Too much physical exercise interferes with your hormonal balance, for example, by reducing your testosterone levels, which reduces your sperm production activities. Therefore, if you love physical exercise (which everybody should), get a professional instructor's advice so that you don't overdo it.
As you can see, there are many things that can interfere with your fertility, and there are also many things you can do to prevent them. All isn't lost, however, if the lifestyle you have been leading up to now has interfered with your sperm's volume and health. Consult a fertility doctor or outpatient care center to diagnose the cause of your fertility and advise you on the way forward.