Statistics claim, about 15 percent of all couples will experience difficulties when trying to conceive. And contrary to what most individuals think, it is not always the woman who has a problem with fertility because research shows that men are responsible for as much as 40 percent of the time. Although many things can make men infertile, a low sperm count in the man is the main reason a couple can’t conceive. For your semen to be fertile, it should contain about 15 million sperms for every milliliter.
Contemporary medicine offers solutions to low sperm count, but before you choose to go that road, it is important to know that there are some natural ways that you can use to solve this problem.
The fact that your testicles are outside the body should be enough indication that they need to maintain a cooler temperature than the rest of the body. According to experts, the ideal temperature for sperm production is around 34.5 degrees, and this is below the standard body temperature of 36.6 degrees. To make sure that the temperature is right for sperm production, you should avoid tight pants and wear loose boxer shorts. Also, a study by the University of California back in 2007 shows that men that stop taking hot baths will experience a sperm count increase of up to 50 percent.
Research shows that guys who smoke tend to have a lower sperm count as compared to those who do not. In fact, some studies show that smokers can have up to 22 percent fewer sperms. This data applies to both smoking tobacco and marijuana. Quitting this harmful habit will not only improve your overall health but is also good for your sperm count.
Alcohol is also detrimental as it can affect your liver and lead to a spike in the production of estrogen which in turn reduces testosterone levels. And testosterone is essential for sperm production and men’s health.
Although your body will produce millions of sperms every day, frequent ejaculation is bad for the quality of your semen, and this is more so if your sperm count is already low. It is important to remember that the more you ejaculate, the less dense your semen becomes, which means that it is lower in quality. Cutting down on sex or masturbation frequency can be an effective natural way of increasing sperm production. Just don’t cease sexual activity completely. Once-a-week sex would be the happy medium.
Doctors link low sperm count to nutritional factors such as lack of adequate vitamins and zinc deficiency. What you eat will have an immense impact on your body's ability to produce sperms. And so it is vital for guys to ensure that they maintain a balanced and healthy diet. A recent Journal of Nutrition publication shows that men who consume oily fish can get a sperm count increase of up to 65 percent. Other foods such as oyster, banana, garlic, carrot, spinach, and walnuts also contain compounds that are very useful in boosting sperm count.