According to a recent Oxford Academic study, over the past 38 years, sperm concentration has declined by 52 percent. This research did not address the causes of these declines however several studies show that exposure to cigarette smoke, alcohol and chemicals affect sperm quality and motility (the ability to swim).
Male infertility can have multiple causes and may depend on genetics, general health, fitness, diseases and dietary contaminants. Although all these factors affect sperm, it is important to realize that a low sperm count may be reversed by making the right lifestyle choices:
1. Eat A Healthy Diet
3. Stop Smoking
4. Drink Less Alcohol
5. Watch Out For Heat Exposure
6. Reduce Stress
7. Get Enough Sleep
While there are many unknown factors that can cause male infertility, the lifestyle changes listed here have been shown to make a remarkable difference in men whose habits are affecting their fertility and sperm count. Because men produce millions of new sperm every day, positive lifestyle changes can be highly beneficial. Sperm takes about 74 days to mature so if you are planning on making these lifestyle changes, you only need to wait about three months before seeing improvements in sperm quality and increasing your chance for reproductive success.
If you are a male with infertility issues, you have options. Andrologists are doctors that specialize in treating male infertility, a subspecialty of Urology. Dr. Joseph LaNasa, previous Chairman of the Department of Urology at LSU Medical School, is an andrologist and a member of the FINO team. He sees patients in his private office suite in the FINO Metairie office building.
Contact The Fertility Institute today to talk to Dr. LaNasa and our other fertility doctors in Mandeville, Metairie, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. We will help you incorporate these lifestyle changes and increase your chances for fertility.