Another week and another fertility story hits the headlines. A bioethicist has urged all men to get their sperm frozen at 18 to avoid the risks attached to being an older father, and that sperm freezing should become the norm.
The suggestion has not been met with universal approval, but nonetheless, it does raise the point, once again, that men, as well as women, need to be aware of their fertility.
As the average age of a first time father has now risen to 33, men and women do need to ensure that they are aware of their fertility status and to take steps to ensure that their lifestyle is not a damaging one.
If you do get a sperm test done at a young age (say in your 20s), it means that you have plenty of time to rectify any issues, and it also means that any underlying health problems are detected early. So, our advice would be, get your fertility tested at a young age and then if there are any particular issues, you could decide to freeze your sperm.
And whilst you’re thinking about all that, you can take easy steps to improve your fertility and overall health. We have spoken before about the steps that men, specifically, need to take to ensure a healthy sperm count, but in case you didn’t catch it first time, here are some top tips.
Choose unprocessed food and lots of fruit and vegetables, especially organic ones.
Even if you are not planning on becoming a father anytime soon, the human body is designed to be fertile, so optimising fertility is optimising health. Buy a good quality supplement which is designed specifically for male fertility.
Keeping an eye on your weight is a good idea for all kinds of reasons, but being under or overweight will affect your hormone levels, and thus your fertility.
Good news!! Recent research finds that regular orgasms improve the quality of your sperm so get plenty of sex or masturbate regularly to optimise your fertility.
For healthy sperm to develop, the testicles need to be kept cool so avoid tight jeans, using your laptop computer on your lap, wear boxer shorts instead of briefs and avoid activities wear you are likely to get very hot, like using the sauna at the gym.
Get lots of sleep
Testosterone production is at its highest during periods of high-quality sleep – so make sure you get plenty of it.
Lots of different types of exercise are good for overall health, but working large muscle groups (like leg muscles and pectorals) can also boost testosterone production.
Smoking isn’t good for anything and it’s really not good for fertility, so do your best to stop as soon as you can.
Moderate drinking is acceptable but it is easy to be caught out with drinking large measures and very strong alcohol. Again, keep an eye on your overall consumption and try to have breaks from alcohol altogether.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of fertility planning, including having your sperm tested (and frozen), or your partner’s fertility being assessed, you can call us on 0203 816 0395