Healthy sperm count and sperm motility is an important factor in fertility. The products that we use and the environment around us can affect a man’s fertility. Although it is near impossible to avoid everything, taking some relatively easy precautions may positively affect the outcome on your journey toward creating a family.
There have been many reports in the last decade on the increase of estrogen in males. An excess supply of estrogen in a male’s body can affect erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, low sperm count, and sperm quality. There are chemicals that act as “anti-androgens” (or inhibit testosterone) and reduce fertility in men. These can be found in many places, even our own homes. For example, phthalates can be found in certain lotions, powders, shampoos, and certain plastics. They can also be found in medicines and pesticides that are used on crops. These phthalates mimic estrogen in the body and negatively impact hormonal balance. The water supply may be affected by pesticides and herbicides as well. Small steps like eliminating the use of bug spray and choosing all-natural, organic alternatives made with essential oils can help too.
Diet is another area which can make a difference. Choosing a healthy diet that consists of eating organic, whole foods and drinking purified water can reduce your exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Look for organically raised meats or free-range meats only, others may contain different hormones and antibiotics that were given to the animals. For example, estrogen is fed to dairy cows to produce more milk; therefore, using only hormone-free milk is a positive change.
Exercise such as yoga can help to eliminate toxins from the body. Stress can also affect the body, so doing things like meditation, or getting a massage to reduce tension may be beneficial as well. CNY Fertility also offers many terrific support opportunities, we’ve found that just by sharing your story with others you can reduce your stress level – click here to learn more.
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