Sperm Health: What You Need to Know
Did you know that one-third of the time fertility issues are attributed to men (According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine)? If you plan on trying to have a baby with your partner, being proactive about your partner’s sperm health is very important. Sperm quality plays a role in the health of the overall pregnancy and even the baby itself. Take the time to understand what you can do in your daily life to keep his sperm healthy and strong, for the health of your partner, and of your future baby too.
What Factors Determine if Sperm is Healthy?
- Motility (movement) – The movement of sperm is important, but only about 40% of sperm needs to be moving for the male to be considered fertile. It is very normal to have some sperm that is immobile or that is moving ineffectively. The ideal sperm will swim in a straight direction with strong tail movement, making it a fast swimmer.
- Quantity (volume) – The more sperm the better! A higher volume of sperm will make it more likely for one to make it through a female’s reproductive system to fertilize the egg. A healthy sperm count is about 15 million or more for every milliliter (mL) of semen.
- Shape (morphology) – The shape of your sperm can make a difference in its effectiveness too. Healthy sperm has long, strong tails and round heads. This ideal shape makes the sperm more likely to reach the egg.
Tips to Increase Sperm Health
Eating right can supercharge your sperm! Try eating healthier foods, such as leafy greens, lean meats and healthy fats. Stay away from fried foods, sweets, energy drinks and soy. Soy can potentially raise estrogen levels and reduce sperm count. According to Trak, men with high saturated fat intake had 31% lower sperm concentration!
Getting active on a regular basis can help increase blood flow, lower the BMI and increase testosterone levels. Cardio workouts to get the blood pumping and burns calories. Exercise can also help reduce toxins in the testicles. Regular weightlifters and outdoorsmen are said to have 42% higher sperm counts than other guys.
Everyone has stress to deal with, from work, relationships, finances, etc. Chronic high stress can lower testosterone levels, and impact sleeping habits. Lack of sleep can impact sperm production and testosterone levels. It is important to find healthy ways to de-stress each day. Blow off steam by getting active and participating in some outdoor activities or hobbies. This helps men to get a good nights rest, which is also beneficial for personal health and sperm health. According to Trak, men with poor sleep quality produced 29% lower sperm counts among 953 men.
The higher the temperature the lower the sperm count. Sperm needs to remain a few degrees cooler than the rest of the body. Lower sperm counts happen when testicles are exposed to heat in various ways, including tight clothing, laptops, saunas, hot baths and more. Try to avoid these types of heat exposure, but if it becomes difficult, try testicular cooling. Testicular cooling is reducing testicular temperature by 5 degrees Fahrenheit or more for an extended period of time.
Getting your partner to follow these tips can help increase overall sperm health. Make sure to have your partner visit the doctor regularly to check sperm wellness. If you are struggling to conceive, make sure to check for any underlying fertility issues. If there are fertility issues with your partner, you might consider using a sperm donor. Remember whatever the issue, you are not alone. Using a sperm donor and is safe and popular alternative path to parenthood.
If you have any questions about using donor sperm, please contact Cryos at 407-203-1175 or email us at [email protected]. We have a live online chat system on our website available Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 7 PM, where you can privately talk to one of our knowledgeable Client Service Representatives. They will be more than happy to assist you!
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