Male Fertility: Tips For Maximising Sperm Production
Creating a life takes two. Only around 1% of the sperm that enters your partner’s body will actually survive at all, and they have around 2-3 days life in them on average, which gives them a small window to swim a long distance.
However, the most healthy sperm can survive up to 7 days, maximising the chance of fertilisation. You can extend your sperm’s life by following our top tips for male fertility:
Tips For Maximising Sperm Production
To optimise sperm production, the testes need to be kept at a temperature slightly lower than the rest of the body. They can easily overheat and this is not good for healthy sperm.
Wearing loose underwear and trousers or shorts will help air to circulate and allow the testes to regulate their temperature.
Avoid sitting for prolonged periods where possible. If your job involves sitting for long periods of time, try to schedule regular breaks and walk around to allow air to circulate.
When using a laptop computer, try not to rest it directly on your lap as this can overheat the testes; try using a laptop tray or desk to rest it on instead
Equally as important as keeping your testes cool is your diet and physical activity. A healthy male who exercises regularly and eats well, doesn’t drink excessive alcohol or consume drugs, or smoke is most likely to have a strong sperm count.
And finally, stress and mood can impact your sperm count. When you are calm, relaxed and happy is when you and your sperm are at their best.
Tips to improve male fertility
- Reduce your alcohol intake.
- Stop smoking/taking drugs.
- Wear loose fitting boxer shorts and trousers.
- Avoid sitting in hot water or heat; baths, jacuzzis, saunas, etc.
- Avoid sitting for long periods.
- Do not rest a laptop directly on your lap.
- Avoid cycling for extensive periods of time.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly (at least 3 times per week).
- Avoid stressful situations.
Seeking help with fertility
It can be difficult to know how long to wait before you see a doctor about your fertility.
It usually takes several months to conceive so if you’ve been trying for about a year (or 6 months if your partner is 35 or over) without success then it’s probably a good time to see your GP, either with your partner or separately.
If you find that either of you are becoming stressed because you haven’t conceived yet, then make an appointment sooner.
Worrying about conceiving is perfectly normal, but getting stressed may hinder your chances.