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5 surprising factors that can cause male infertility and tips to prevent it

Did you know that wearing tight pants or keeping sitting on a chair for long stretches can result in a low sperm count? Here’s how you can avoid male infertility.

fitness Updated: Dec 18, 2017 08:49 IST
Asian News International, New Delhi
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In the contemporary society, one’s profession and lifestyle plays a vital role in determining how fertile one is.(Shutterstock)

Infertility, for long has been primarily considered as a problem faced by only women. But, many researches have been conducted to prove that men are equally responsible for being infertile. In the contemporary society, one’s profession and lifestyle plays a vital role in determining how fertile one is. According to Dr. Anubha Singh, Gynecologist and IVF specialist from Shantah IVF Centre, New Delhi, there are a number of factors controlling male fertility. For instance:

- if one sits on a chair for longer duration, it can overheat their testicles.

- keeping a laptop on the lap for a prolonged period can result in a low sperm count.

- wearing tight pants can damage one’s testicles and also cause infertility.

- Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also result in infertility.

- Stress and anxiety also affects one’s sperm count.

Exercise in moderation for a healthy sperm count. (Shutterstock)

Given below are a few essential tips for men to fight infertility:

1. Give up drinking and smoking

The harmful ingredients in tobacco smoking can kill sperm cells. On the other hand, alcohol does no good either. Excessive alcohol consumption can reduce libido and also destroy the quality and structure of the sperm.

2. Reduce stress

To combat stress, one can try mind relaxing exercises such as yoga, deep breathing, or even listen to soothing music. These activities shall help one in coping with everyday stress.

3. Limit weight lifting

Lifting heavy weights can help one improve sperm concentration, but in case one is overdoing it, then it can be a cause of worry. Exercise in moderation for a healthy sperm count.

4. Eat healthy food

Consume healthy food such as nutritious vegetables, nuts and fresh fruits to improve sperm quality. Vitamin C and E are very important for men. Moreover, drinking four glasses of fresh orange juice a day can help the defective sperm count drop from 20% to 11%.

5. Sound sleep

Sleep for at least seven to eight hours every day as it will help restore the reproductive system and reduces stress. Lack of sleep can disrupt one’s cycle of sperm production.

6. Seek expert help

One can also seek help to understand whether he needs to undergo any infertility treatment. However, sometimes basic lifestyle changes are enough to increase one’s chances of conception.

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First Published: Dec 18, 2017 08:48 IST