Are you hoping to start a family soon? If you’ve been having trouble in that department, your sperm health is one area you may be able to influence. And dropping some bad habits that you may not even realize are harming your sperm may well be the best place to start.
1. Showing Your Laptop (And Wi-Fi) Too Much Love
Are you someone who can’t do without the gadgets? If so, chances are you spend inordinately large amounts of time with your laptop perched on your lap as you check email, prepare presentations, or just upload images and posts. Worse yet, unless you’ve been living under a rock, Wi-Fi is probably a big part of your world too. We all hook up to the internet wherever we are through Wi-Fi. The bad news is, this combination of laptop usage with Wi-Fi link-up can actually cause your sperm motility to decline. It also causes the DNA of your sperm to fragment, affecting its viability. Researchers on one study that backs this claim say that the position of the laptop, in such close
2. Is One Drink Never Enough?
If you’re a teetotaler, you can skip this one. But if you enjoy your ice cold beer on a hot summer’s day, and find that it isn’t a celebration until you’ve poured a fine single malt, you may want to read
With things this bad, it may seem like there would be no hope for someone in his situation. However, the benefits of kicking this bad habit began to show in
3. Not Eating Healthy: Love Your Junk Food?
Your diet too may be impacting your semen quality. If you love your junk food or indulge in processed meats on a regular basis, this could cost you dearly. Multiple studies have found that high intake of processed meats, especially when it comes at the cost of adequate fresh vegetable and fruit intake, can negatively impact semen quality.3 As one study in Spain found, not having adequate antioxidant levels or not getting in nutrients like folate, lycopene, vitamin C, and fiber can mean
4. Being Stressed Out Isn’t “Normal”
You may think stress isn’t a habit with you, but it’s actually surprising how easily we all allow stress to rule our lives. If you break this cycle and overcome stress, do away with stress triggers, or find ways to relax and unwind, it can have a bigger effect than you may imagine. For one thing, you should see sperm quality improve. As one study showed, psychological stress hampers sperm quality, causing a decline in its ability to fertilize an egg. Researchers surmised that the release of glucocorticoids (a type of steroid hormone) interfered with the production of testosterone as well as sperm. They also suggested
5. Smoking – It’s Bad For Sperm Health Too
Smoking cigarettes is a habit you’re constantly told is bad for you, but it isn’t easy to quit either. If starting a family is important to you, that could be the motivation you need. Research has found that cigarette smoking negatively impacts sperm density, sperm count, and the percentage of motile sperm in the ejaculate. In one study, the “normal” or healthy sperm form was much lower
6. Not Having Enough Sex
Yes, abstinence may actually backfire. If you’re planning to “save up” in the hope that it will bump up your chances of conception, think again! As some researchers found, abstinence for a period ranging between 2 and 18 days impacted semen parameters. While semen volume itself increased, the normal morphology declined and motility took a hit. For those test
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