4. Exercise Regularly
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, regular exercise (five times a week for at least 45 minutes) and a healthy diet enhance fertility by keeping body weight at normal levels and relieving stress and anxiety. If you are not sure what type of exercise is best for you, get yourself a personal trainer.
5. Lifestyle Changes
EMF’s (Electromagnectic Fields) occur in our daily lives from use of cell phones, WiFi signals, and basically anything that transmits without a cord. These EMFs have been found to lower sperm count, especially when the phone is carried in the pocket or attached to a waistband or a laptop is placed on the lap.
Hot water should also be avoided as extra heat can damage sperm. This includes long showers, baths, and hot tubs. Wearing tight underwear can also cause heat issues as can excess exercise.
Quit smoking – smoking damages sperm. Enough said; so quit.
6. Reduce Stress Levels
Not only can stress interfere with your sexual health, high levels of stress can cause changes in hormones that affect sperm production, reducing fertility. Manage your stress by exercising or finding a relaxing hobby to help increase the likelihood of healthy sperm production.
A good whole foods vitamin that sources it’s ingredients from whole foods rather than synthetic lab-made chemicals.
Studies suggest that because vitamin C is an antioxidant, it helps to protect the sperm and it’s DNA from damage thereby increasing the sperms quality. It also helps to neutralize any chemicals or toxins found in the semen from things like environmental pollution, or smoking. Along with its antioxidant properties, vitamin C seems to help sperm be less sticky, or clumped together, so that they are more mobile.
Use a food-based zinc supplement. This can help not only quantity, but the development of the sperm, benefiting morphology.
Fish oils are important for fertility, especially when trying to conceive.
Folate (also known as folic acid) is an important nutrient in the development of the DNA within the sperm. Use a whole foods based B-complex vitamin.
7. Think About Becoming a Father
Researchers in Portugal have discovered that men who were trying to become a father could increase their chances of success just by thinking about it. They found that men who wanted to become fathers were better at coordinating play with their partners during peak testosterone levels than men who did not want to conceive. High testosterone levels help boost sperm production and improves the health of the sperm, increasing the chances of conceiving.
8. Have Frequent Play
Delaying lovemaking – or as some couples say, ”saving up” – isn’t going to boost the chances of pregnancy. Not having play for more than five days may affect sperm counts adversely. But intervals as short as two days don’t harm sperm density.
Follow these 8 golden rules to make the start of the fatherhood experience relationship enhancing, stress relieving, and fun.