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Male Fertility: How to Boost Your Sperm Count

Sperm count is one of the most important determinants of fertility among couples. If you have a low sperm count, it can be difficult or impossible for you to conceive with a partner. Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to boost your sperm count and make sure that you’re fertile enough to make conception easier. Here are a few examples.

Supplements

There are more than a few supplements out there that can help increase your sperm count. For example, there’s folic acid and zinc sulfate. A recent study showed that men who took these supplements together had a 74% increase in their normal sperm count for men who had infertility problems. It didn’t affect men who didn’t have problems, but these supplements do seem to have a significant effect on men who have low sperm counts. It’s true that more studies need to be done to determine how and why these supplements help increase sperm count together, but it's a good way to start.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol has a negative effect on sperm. This is because alcohol can affect the functioning of your liver, which can cause estrogen levels to increase. As a result, the imbalance between that and testosterone can decrease sperm production. Studies have shown that even as few as two drinks per day can affect your sperm in the long term. So all you have to do is drink less and you’ll have more sperm. It’s as simple as that.

Eat Well and Exercise

It should come as no surprise that nutrition plays a big part in the production of sperm, since it plays a big part in every aspect of health. It helps to eat a diet that’s low in fat and has a lot of protein, with plenty of vegetables. This will keep your sperm resilient, motile and abundant, which is exactly what you need to have a higher sperm count. Exercising too can help boost testosterone, especially if through strength training. This will help you maintain a higher sperm count in the long run.

Avoid Heat

One of the reasons testicles are outside of the body in the first place is because it’s too hot in there for them. Heat regulation is important for making sure sperm stay healthy. As a result, doing anything to heat them up can kill sperm. This includes showers that are too hot or too long. It also means that even something as minor as wearing tight pants can kill sperm. This is because pressing your sperm closer to your body with tight pants heats up testicles and causes sperm to die off and lower your count. If you avoid heat as much as you can, your sperm count will likely rise.

It’s surprisingly easy to get your sperm count out of the low area by committing to just a few of these lifestyle changes, many of which are good for your health overall.

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