Why junk food might wreck your sperm count 

The data is in: eating garbage can affect how long it takes for you to conceive.


First, for the ladies:


Australian researchers recently published a study suggesting that women who “rarely or never” eat fast food had an 8% risk of infertility, while women who eat McDonald’s four or more times a week are twice as likely to experience periods of infertility. The frequent fast food fanatics also took on average one month longer to conceive than women with apparently “healthier” diets, and although no specific link has been made between dietary components and their relationship with fertility, lead researcher Jessica Grieger stated that “fast food may be one factor mediating infertility through altered ovarian function”.


And lads watch out, it’s not just women!


According to a recent Harvard study, dietary patterns are just as responsible for affecting testicular function in men as ovarian function in women. The diet, semen quality, reproductive hormones and lifestyle factors of nearly 3000 Danish men were separated into groups by dietary pattern. The Western diet – consisting of pizza, processed foods, refined grains, red meat, snacks, candy and energy drinks; the Prudent diet – which consisted of fish, chicken, fruit, vegetables and water; the Smørrebrød diet – which involved whole grains, cold fish, mayonnaise and cold processed meats; and the Vegetarian diet, which included soy milk and eggs.


Men with the healthiest, happiest and most numerous sperm followed the Prudent diet and the worst sperm were produced by those following the traditional Western diet, and the reason for this is as follows. Inhibins (A or B) are protein hormones which are secreted by ovarian granulosa cells in females, and by testicular Sertoli cells in males. Inhibin selectively suppresses follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in both males and females, more specifically in males inhibin helps to locally regulate spermatogenesis and in females inhibin inhibits FSH production from ovarian granulosa cells at different stages.


With today’s world always in a rush to get to tomorrow, it may seem an insurmountable task to work 60 hours per week, maintain a relationship and social life, exercise regularly, sleep at least 7-9 hours every night AND have to make sure were inhaling a low-saturate, low-salt balanced diet with at least 10 portions (according to CBS News) of fruit and vegetables a day. And it damn near is, but for couples who are at that stage and ready to have a family, not making these drastic lifestyle changes may be detrimental to your family-building goals.