Male Infertility-Causes and Treatment
Fertility is a natural process in the body, and like many aspects of our health, fertility is improved by adopting a healthy lifestyle. You can consider the following to improve your chances of fertility and pregnancy.
Long driving could be linked to infertility in men. It may cause rise in the temperature of the scrotum, caused by sitting in the same position for too long. Long distance drivers should take breaks in between and use loose fitting clothes. The ideal temperature for healthy sperm production is around 2 degrees lower than the body temperature. Walking to workplace is a better alternative to avoid driving daily, it can help in fertility.
- Avoid smoking – Smoking can also lead to problems with fertility in both men and women. Male smokers can suffer decreased sperm counts, motility and quality of sperm. Female smokers need more ovary-stimulating medications during IVF and still have fewer eggs at retrieval time. They also have higher rate of miscarriages. Ectopic pregnancies and preterm labour also occur more often among female smokers. Women who smoke are more likely to conceive a chromosomal unhealthy pregnancy.
- Reduce alcohol – Drinking alcohol can reduce both men’s and women’s fertility. Heavy drinking can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, small birth weight, and Foetal Alcohol syndrome. Heavy drinking can reduce men’s sex drive, affect the quality of sperm and cause infertility.