Many couples often assume that it should be straightforward to fall pregnant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for more than twelve months, and there have been no developments, you should seek medical advice. You may also want to take a look at online information about male infertility.
There are also lifestyle changes Men can make, as soon as you decide to try and have a baby.
Include antioxidants in your diet
Antioxidants are well-known for providing protection against conditions such as cancer and heart disease. What is less well-known is that they can also potentially help with male fertility issues. Research has suggested that including antioxidants in your diet can help to produce healthier sperm and can increase the chances of your partner falling pregnant. There are several forms of antioxidants available including zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid.
Have regular sex
If you want conception to happen, you need to have sex around the time your partner is ovulating. However, you may not realise that having sex on a regular basis is important if you want to make sure that your semen is healthy. It’s generally at its healthiest if you have had sex within the previous couple of days.
Consider the effect of your job
There are certain occupations where men tend to have lower sperm counts and poorer quality sperm. These occupations include farmers, painters and varnishers. This is not to say that if you work in one of these occupations you will have problems with your sperm just that it can be a factor. The exact reason for this is not clear, but it could have something to do with the chemicals that are used in paints, varnishes and farm products.
There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to quit smoking, and improving your fertility is one of them. Research has shown that smoking has been shown to have several detrimental effects on sperm, including lowering sperm count, changing the shape of sperm and reducing the motility of sperm. You can see that smoking has the potential to prevent you and your partner from conceiving easily.
Try and not stress over trying to conceive, as this can have an adverse effect on your efforts. Relax, make lifestyle changes to improve your fertility and speak to your doctor if necessary.
You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.
This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.