Pre-Conception Planning for Men

You’ve decided you want to start trying for kids. That’s awesome!

Whether you’re jumping straight in, or taking a more thoughtful approach, it’s a good idea to approach it with a plan. 

Many couples don’t realize that even healthy conception can take a while.

Fertility problems can delay plans even more.

Male Fertility Problems

We don’t mean to scare you, but we want you to have the facts. 

It’s estimated 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or staying pregnant. Male fertility problems are responsible in about ⅓ of all cases, and contribute to half. 

Keep in mind, experiencing infertility does not mean you won’t have a child, or two, or three. It just means it may be more difficult.

Male Fertility Problems

Here are a few things you can do to give yourself optimal fertility, and welcome your new child healthy and happy into the world.

Reach a Healthy Weight

Obesity can negatively impact male fertility in two ways:

1. Decreases in sperm count and concentration
2. Decreases in the amount of reproductive hormones.

It is estimated that for every 20 pounds that a man is overweight, his odds of infertility increase 10%.

Ditch Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, but if you can cut way back on any smoking and drinking ahead of trying to conceive, it could make a big difference. 

Just five alcoholic beverages per week may be enough to negatively affect your fertility by suppressing your testosterone production. Meanwhile, smoking cigarettes or marijuana is associated with decreased semen parameters, such as sperm count and sperm motility.

Embrace a Healthy Diet

Eat a Diet High in Antioxidants, Folic Acids, and Vitamin B-12

Certain foods can act as sperm boosters, having a positive association with sperm counts and sperm motility. Before you start reading labels, you’ll get plenty of antioxidants, folic acids, and B-12 if you eat a healthy balanced diet of fish, poultry, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Review All Medications

Take a visit to your doctor and check in on how your medications may be affecting your sperm quality.

Keep those you need, and try to remove the rest.

Several medications have been linked to decreased semen parameters.

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