When a couple is trying to get pregnant, fertility becomes a persistent question in their mind. While a lot of us discuss how women can work towards becoming more fertile, we tend to forget men. But, infertility is an issue that men face too. This happens when men face difficulty in making their female partner pregnant. It can be due to low production of sperm, atypical sperm function, lifestyle choices, injury, or blockages that hinder sperm delivery (1).
According to the World Health Organization, a sperm count of fifteen million per ml (milliliter) is considered to be healthy. And, an abnormal sperm count is considered to be anything less than ten million per ml (2). You might not come across any obvious signs apart from being unable to conceive a baby. Unless, there is an underlying condition like hormonal imbalance or inherited disorder, which might show some symptoms. Swelling in the testicle area along with pain can indicate infertility. Unusual breast growth or incapacity to smell are also a few symptoms (3).
We know that not being able to conceive a child can become really exhausting and stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to increase the fertility of men. While there are treatments available that help with male fertility, natural methods can help too!
Here, we bring you some natural ways that can help men increase their fertility:
1. What You Eat Matters
As we all know, a well-balanced diet can make all the difference. So, be careful about what food you consume. Try to have food rich in vitamin D since studies suggest that it impacts the health of the sperm in a positive manner (4). Even vitamin C can positively affect the quality of sperm count and sperm motility (5). A diet rich in antioxidants is also known for making the sperm count healthy. Also, try to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. You might want to avoid sugary food, alcohol, and caffeine. Treat your body right and keep your diet as organic as possible.
2. Change In Lifestyle
Among all the natural methods available to increase the fertility, a change in lifestyle comes first. Try to avoid coffee because intake of caffeine can affect men’s ability to conceive (6). It goes without saying that you should try and steer away from smoking and drinking too. These are some of the basic lifestyle changes that you need to make. Another simple lifestyle improvement that you can make is to use natural ingredient-based cosmetics and deodorants.
3. Fitness Is A Must
Exercising and staying fit is another natural way to improve your fertility. Work towards keeping your body fit and maintaining an average weight. You can work out for half an hour, four to five days a week. Combined with a well-balanced diet, regular exercise can prove to be really helpful. You can always choose the form of workout you prefer – be it jogging, running, or even going to the gym. Not only will the regular exercise help you with your fertility, it will also help you relax and de-stress. And, less mental pressure might also prove to be beneficial.
4. Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional supplements can really help boost the male fertility by increasing the sperm count. Supplements made with a combination of zinc and folic acid can bring about a 74 percent increase in the sperm count (7). You can also take vitamin C supplements since it an antioxidant. There are other natural supplements available in the market that can help you. You can consult your doctor once to receive better guidance.
While this might seem like a stressful time, consistent efforts can make a difference. Try and incorporate these natural tips into your life before going for any drug-based solution. You might just become a parent really soon! So, good luck to all you men out there!
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