When trying to conceive, sperm play an equal role with the egg. It takes both to get pregnant. Studies have shown that the higher the sperm count, the higher the chances of conception. Improving your fertility doesn’t have to involve a 10,000 mile trek to a sacred shrine in the Himalayas. There are some very cheap and easy ways to improve sperm count.
Sperm require a precise environment for proper development. What you eat, how active you are and your overall health dramatically impact your sperm count. Even in circumstances in which sperm production is suppressed by a medical condition such as a varicocele or hormone imbalances, lifestyle changes targeted to improve sperm production can dramatically improve sperm count, motility and morphology.
It is important to recognize that start to finish it takes about 72 days to make a sperm, so think of this list as a 100 day plan to improve your health and your fertility.
1. Don’t smoke
2. Watch what you eat
3. Lose weight
4. Pay attention to sources of heat
5. Ice your balls
6. Lift weights
7. Go for a run
8. If you have a desk job, take breaks and walk around
9. Don’t do drugs — this includes mary jane
10. Read up on your meds – some medications can interfere with sperm production
11. Don’t juice (not talking about raw foods here)
12. Limit alcohol
13. Don’t wear tight clothes too many days in a row
14. Meditate, take a run or find some other healthy outlet for stress
15. Have lots of sex (but lay off the lube)
16. Play team sports
17. Don’t watch TV for longer than 1 hour at a time
18. Be careful if biking
19. Take a multivitamin
20. Try acupuncture
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Note from the Author:
I’ve been so honored by all the readers who have shared their stories and questions. One of the best parts of my day is responding to your comments. Sometimes, there is a bit of a backlog and it can take me up to a week to respond, but I promise, I will get to your question. We are launching a new community — so I will be answering questions left there first.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on a couple of projects that might be of interest.
I would also invite you to check out our gadget section to see latest innovative products that have been developed to support couples who are trying to conceive. I have personally met the founders of most of these companies and believe in the great work they are doing to help people start their families.
Finally, I would like to send a word of encouragement to everyone who is on the path to starting a family. The journey can be scary, frustrating and at times very sad. You are not alone. Millions of people around the world are going through the same thing. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep learning. Knowledge can empower you to find new doors to open.