How healthy are your sperm cells?

I will start this article by defining what a sperm cell is. Sperm cells are the reproductive cells in the male anatomy of humans, animals and plants. Sperm cells are very important part of the male’s reproductive development. They allow the male’s DNA and genes to travel to the female egg during the initial fertilization.

Without the sperm there is no conception.

A healthy male can discharge 50 million sperm in a single ejaculation. During sexual intercourse, only a couple of hundreds sperm cells out of the millions will make it to a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized.

Factors That Can Affect The Health of The Sperm

While it is important to note that there is still a lot to learn about male fertility. It is understandable to know that a lot of the things that make the sperm healthy are the same things that are healthy for men. Please keep in mind, that the following factors or tips are just considerations for men with potential fertility problems. Many men have no problem with their sperm count, no matter the way they live their lives.

  • Wearing Tight trousers and underwear, synthetic material and heat: It has been discovered that all these affect the fertility of men adversely, As a result it is necessary to wear baggy boxers to keep the family pride cool. It is known that the testes function most effectively (including the production of sperm) at slightly cooler than normal body temperature.I have hardly worn pants for a long time because I love my balls cool.
  • Hot tubs and saunas: Frequent use of hot tubs and saunas will lower sperm counts, as heat decreases sperm production. Unless in very cold weather conditions avoid bathing with hot water.
  •  Alcohol: Alcohol consumption can damage sperm production in a variety of ways. First, it may increase the production of estrogen by the liver, which can lower sperm count. Also, alcohol can directly poison the sperm-producing cells of the testicle. Limit your alcohol intake when you are trying to improve your fertility. And if possible avoid it completely.
  •  Drugs: There are thousands of drugs that affect male fertility, which includes steroids, cytotoxic drugs used in cancer treatments, and opiates. It is important that you contact your family doctor if you are on any long-term medication that you think may affect your fertility. Doctors should always inform you of any side effects, if there are any but it is always easy to ask if they have forgotten.
  •  Environmental toxins: There is quite a lot of conflicting evidence about environmental substances that may cause damage to sperm. It is known that radiation causes damage to sperm and birth defects. Other substances thought to have a detrimental effect on sperm are some perfumes containing phthalates, some types of pesticides, organic mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and estrogens in water supply. Many of these substances are still being researched.
  • Smoking: Smokers have been shown to have diminished fertility compared to non-smokers. Smoking may adversely affect the sperm’s movement, as well as the health of the sperm.
  •  Time of day: Sperm counts are higher in the morning. I use this to my advantage very well . I usually baby dance in the early hours of the morning for maximum results.
  •  Excessive ejaculation and prolonged abstinence: Both are known to affect the number and quality of sperm. Intercourse every 2 to 3 days helps ensure optimal sperm count and health.It is also important to note that when making for a baby there should be no form of ejaculation for 2 to 3 days before intercourse (around ovulation period) but there should be enough penile stimulations during foreplay prior to baby dancing days.
  •  Diet: A healthy balanced diet is important. Foods rich in antioxidants may promote optimal sperm health. Soups rich with vegetables such as Ugwu leaves is great.In fact you can have ugwu cooked with beans and you are good to go.
  •  Supplements: Folic acid, selenium, and zinc sulfate have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm function.

 Get The Right Counsel

If you are worried about your fertility and feel your sperm may not be fit and healthy, contact your family doctor. Some simple tests on your semen and a look at your general fitness could provide some answers.

Have a rewarding weekend and baby dust to you all.

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