Men: Are your protecting your fertility while you and your partner are trying to get pregnant?

men and fertility

If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, you’ve likely noticed that it’s your partner who tends to take charge of all the fertility lingo and preparations. From calculating ovulation days, taking prenatal vitamins, and preparing her body for pregnancy your partner might seem like someone from another planet. You, on the other hand, don’t have much to worry about. In most cases, all you need to do is offer up your swimmers and wait for the big day. But, there’s more that you can do to ensure that your sperm can actually do its job. These seven tips can help:

  • Monitor your drinking habits. Too much alcohol can actually hurt your sperm count. Aim to keep your alcohol consumption to two servings (or less) a day.
  • Change out your bike seat. If you're someone who spends a lot of time on your bike, it could be impacting not only your sperm quality and count, but also your ability to get and sustain an erection. There are bike seats designed with special cut-outs that won’t put a lot of pressure on your groin. Don’t want to give up your favorite seat? Invest in padded biking shorts that will alleviate the pressure.
  • Give up drugs. Tobacco, recreational drugs, and even steroids can all negatively impact male fertility. 
  • Eliminate toxins from your daily life. Eat organic or wash your produce well to get rid of pesticides. Protect yourself when working with chemicals.
  • Loosen up your clothing. Skip the skinny jeans. Wear boxers instead of briefs. Your testicles need to be at a certain temperature for your sperm production to thrive. Tight pants keep things just a little too warm.
  • Avoid hot tubs and saunas. Similar to wearing tight clothes, a hot tub can harm your sperm count and quality as well. Keep things cool down there with a dip in the pool instead.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can kill your sperm count. In fact, the healthier you are, the healthier your sperm can be. 

Don’t leave all the fertility planning and worry to your partner. Taking active steps to protect your fertility will help you both to feel as if you are doing all you can to get pregnant. If you have concerns about your fertility, discuss them with your doctor.