The Decline of Male Fertility

The Decline of Male Fertility

According to research statistics, sperm counts in the Western World have fallen by a jaw-dropping 50% over the last couple of decades (less than 40 years). What’s worse is that this decline in male fertility is showing no signs of slowing down!

With June being Men’s Health Month, let’s look at some of the probable causes and what can be done to improve male fertility:

  • Sedentary lifestyle: With technological advances, men no longer need to play the role of active hunter gatherers. However, sitting at a desk all day has a negative impact on male fertility. Studies have demonstrated that men who engage in outdoor activities or lift weights can increase sperm counts by up to 42%.
  • Smoking: The contents of cigarette smoke increases oxidative stress, which is known to distort sperm morphology, reduce viability, and impair sperm function.
  • Alcohol Intake: Increased alcohol intake has been linked with low testosterone levels in men and the production of irregularly shaped sperm. Men should limit alcohol intake to no more than 1-2 drinks per day.
  • Poor dietary habits: Too much red meat, processed foods, and sugar reduce sperm quality and can cause male fertility problems such as erectile dysfunction. Eating more of fruits and vegetables improves lycopene levels in the body, which is an antioxidant that improves sperm viability and count.
  • Environmental Factors: Air pollution, exposure to certain toxic chemicals, radiation, or heavy metals have been associated with poor sperm quantity and quality.
  • Stress: Increased levels of stress due to living in the modern world can lower percentage of sperm motility and reduce male fertility. Meditation, yoga, or even deep breathing exercises have been known to have positive effect on the reproductive system.

As you can see, male fertility is greatly influenced by your diet and lifestyle. Staying active, eating plenty of fruits and vegetable, and avoiding unhealthy habits will greatly improve sperm health.

ReproMed Fertility Center offers personalized fertility treatments in four convenient locations in the Dallas metroplex and one in Tyler. Please contact us at (214) 827-8777 for all appointments and information.

  • Mckinney

    McKinney
    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

    McKinney

    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

  • Mckinney

    McKinney
    ARC Embryology Laboratory for Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer
    8080 TX-121 #100
    McKinney, TX 75070

    McKinney

    ARC Embryology Laboratory for Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer
    8080 TX-121 #100
    McKinney, TX 75070

  • Grapevine

    Grapevine
    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

    Grapevine

    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

  • Rockwall

    Rockwall
    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

    Rockwall

    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

  • Dallas

    Dallas
    3800 San Jacinto
    Suite 123
    Dallas, TX 75204

    Dallas

    3800 San Jacinto
    Dallas, TX 75204

  • Tyler

    Tyler
    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703

    Tyler

    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703