In an effort to become pregnant and do all that is possible to do so, many women forget that it takes two to tango!
When trying to get pregnant, a couple has to do all that is possible not only to increase a woman’s fertility, but also the man’s sperm count. There is much a man can do to make sure he is at his potent best:
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake
- Keep ejaculations down to about 1 in 2 or 3 days, this tends to concentrate sperm count.
- Keep cool. Avoid tight underwear; constricting clothing has been shown to impede sperm count increase. Anything that increases the temperature of the testicles has been seen to be detrimental: hot tubs, saunas, and of course tight clothing will all result in the temperature rising and sperm count falling.
- Have intercourse in the morning; it is thought that sperm levels are highest during this time
- Intake of zinc, either through food sources or through a supplement is advisable. Zinc is present in food such as meat, certain whole grain, oysters, nuts etc. Zinc is important because it is present in semen during ejaculation and is required to be replenished in the body.
- Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are seen to help with increasing sperm count.
- Vitamins C, E and B12 are also believed to help increase sperm count.
- Be in the best health that you can be, and reduce fat levels in the body. Even excess fat in the groin region can raise temperatures there and impede the sperm count. Excess weight can also cause testosterone/estrogen imbalances. So exercise [pregnancy exercise] regularly and make sure that you are as fit as possible.
- Exercise by all means but try and avoid bicycling and activities such as that since this could be constrictive and counterproductive for increasing sperm count.
- Reduce stress, and improve relaxation techniques. You could give massage a try, this not only aids relaxation, it also improves blood circulation and thereby general health.
- Drink plenty of water, to keep your system well hydrated.
- Eat organic food. It is thought that the chemicals and pesticides present in non organic food is detrimental to sperm count. In any case eat as healthy as possible including, as far as possible, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Not only do good health and a healthy lifestyle impact sperm count positively, it also impacts sperm quality positively.