MALE FERTILITY

 

In an Oxford England journal published in December 2016, an
article “Men’s knowledge of their own fertility: a population-
based survey examining the awareness of factors that are
associated with male infertility” posited that male factors,
such as low sperm count and abnormal sperm morphology,
are primary or contributing causes in almost half of the
diagnosed cases of infertility. Men were less knowledgeable
about how daily activities and excessive heat sources, such as
the use of laptops and frequent hot tub use, can impact male
fertility.
These findings highlight the importance of educating
men about such health risks in order to address modifiable
risk factors through health promotion activities, such as diet,
exercise and stress reduction techniques. The survey proved
that the more information that individuals have about fertility,
the more likely they are to exhibit positive health-seeking
behaviors to improve their own fertility.
The health of a man’s sperm dictates three of the following
very important things.
1. The ability to conceive. It is a 50-50 equation, after all.
2. Chances of a miscarriage. Scientific evidence is
now talking about the role and responsibility that
oxidation of sperm or damaged sperm plays in
miscarriages and pregnancy losses.
3. Ability to create that healthiest possible baby. Your
baby’s health is a reflection of its parents’ health
prior to conception.
So, it’s really important to note that getting pregnant is a team
effort, a couple working together to optimize the chances of
conception and of course, carrying a healthy pregnancy to
term. Someone once asked “Can sperm be incompatible with
the egg?” Absolutely yes, it can be. Female sperm antibodies,
an incompatibility with the egg for whatever reason, could
reduce the sperm’s exposure to the egg.
In terms of incompatibility, it’s generally not the egg that is
going to be affected. It is mostly the cervical mucus. Even
though the egg can have antibodies to your sperm, it is
usually female mucus that will kill the sperm. The result of this
hostility is that the sperm never is able to get to the egg. The
best way to prevent that is by wearing condoms anytime you
have sex other than the times that you’re actually trying to
conceive. This will reduce the female immunological response
to the sperm, if there is one there. When trying to have a baby,
timing conception and intercourse are also going to be vital.
Miscarriages are a 50:50 equation when it comes to egg and
sperm quality – there are 7 category reasons for miscarriages,
which I cover during the #Soprecious14dayFertilitydare

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