A closer look at male infertility

There have been a number of studies investigating a possible worldwide decrease in male fertility. Some studies have suggested decreases in male sperm count are to blame while others point to a decrease in sperm quality.

Either way, a number of factors have been suggested to contribute to a decrease in male fertility. Below, we highlight some commonly named culprits in male infertility:

  • Mobile phones and laptop computers.  A study from Argentina suggested that Wi-Fi radio waves can adversely affect sperm motility and cause DNA damage.
  • Age.  It’s no longer thought that male fertility lasts throughout his lifetime.  Instead, it’s becoming more accepted that the quality and quantity of sperm falls slowly as men get older, with male fertility declining steadily after the age of 50.
  • Alcohol.  Heavy drinking can reduce sperm counts.
  • Antioxidants.  Men with fertility problems who take antioxidant supplements such as vitamin E, vitamin C, folic acid, zinc and fish oils increase their chances of conceiving.
  • Frequent sex.  More sex results in a decrease in the number of sperm in any given ejaculation.  Experts recommend having Intercourse every two or three days to promote successful conception. Having sex every day will probably decrease the chances of conception.
  • Heat.  Exposing the testicles to long periods of warmth will reduce sperm counts.

Check out the original article for the full list of fertility damaging factors.

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