One in six couples in Australia and New Zealand suffer infertility and more than a third of men aged over 40 years report having one or more reproductive health problems.
Certain infertility issues are untreatable or need specific medication, but for your average Joe, the bottom line is that the healthier your lifestyle, the healthier your sperm will be.
Infertility issues or having a low sperm count does not make you any less of a man, but why not try these certain tips and tricks to help your swimmers be on top form.
9 Tips To Boost Your Man’s Sperm Count
Natural supplements such as the amino acid L-cartinine, vitamin E and selenium increases sperm production, concentration and speed. Similarly, folic acid will help your swimmers multiply, as will Ubiquinol – the active and more bioavailable type of the antioxidant CoQ1.
Beware, illegal drugs such as marijuana and even anti-fungal medicine may hinder sperm production.
A 2013 study found a correlation between men exercising and their sperm count. Weightlifting especially is related to higher sperm concentration as it increases testosterone levels and improves insulin sensitivity.
- Drink Less
Poor liver function triggers a significant increase in oestrogen levels, affecting testosterone and thus sperm production. As little as two drinks a day can have long-term effects on sperm levels. Alcohol also negatively impacts libido and a mans ability to absorb the crucial semen producing nutrient of Vitamin A.
Interestingly, science has shown that drinking coffee can increase the swimming speed of sperm, yet excess coffee mutates it and makes fertilization more challenging.
- Masturbate Less
The more you ejaculate, the less dense your semen is. Having sex multiple times, a day or obsessively masturbating will obviously mean that your sperm density is more diluted and not at its best.
- Eat Well
One of the easiest tricks to keep your boys as plentiful and active as possible is by having a healthy diet. Just like humans they thrive off of lean meats, whole grains and fruit and vegetables.
Studies show that eating fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are beneficial for keeping the sperm numbers up, yet processed meat can be detrimental. Similarly, lycopene, a nutrient found in red foods such as tomatoes, strawberries, cherries was able to increase the sperm count by approximately 70 percent and, in general, massively improve the quality, mobility and volume of sperm.
- Cool Down
Sperm is best produced just below body temperature at 34.5 degrees Celsius, which is why the testes hang outside the body. Excessive use of saunas and hot tubs can severely harm sperm production, a three-year long study showed that five out of 11 men who refrained from taking hot baths had a 500 per cent rise in sperm count. Sleep in the nude when possible to give them that extra bit of freedom. Also, try not to wear unreasonably tight pants.
- No Laptops
We spend hours with our laptop conveniently nestled over our lower half, and think nothing of it. However, research has shown that sperm stored under a laptop with WiFi became more sluggish and showed signs of DNA damage in comparison to healthy, normal sperm. If you do use a laptop, keep it on the table rather than against your lap.
- Bike Less
Although biking is wonderful for your joints, heart and overall fitness, it isn’t so kind to those delicate testes. A Spanish study found that triathletes who cycled 300 kilometres a week had fertility problems.
- Don’t Smoke
There are hundreds of reasons not to smoke, and here is one more. Those who smoke have 22% less sperm than non-smokers, and the sperm they do have is much slower and smaller due to a lack of the protein protamine 2.