Five Male Fertility Goals for 2018
Do you have any fertility goals for this year? Taking care of fertility and preparing for future family planning goals are things men typically take for granted. Because male fertility issues are not widely discussed, a man can go through an entire lifetime with the belief that not only is male infertility rare but his choices have no impact on whether his partner will be able to conceive without reproductive care.
We’ve written previously on why younger men need to care about their fertility starting in their 20s and 30s, but anyone who is looking for quality long-term health or has family planning goals should consider taking proactive steps to protect fertility now.
How can I help improve and protect my fertility in 2018?
1. Fertility testing: Have you considered having your fertility tested? Here are the general guidelines for when fertility testing is recommended:
- If a couple is unable to conceive after six months of trying and the partner is younger than 35 years of age: one year before seeing a fertility specialist
- If a couple is unable to conceive after six months of trying and the partner is 35 years of age or older: six months before seeing a fertility specialist
- It’s important to note that in fertility testing, the female partner is typically tested before the male partner is ever considered. You may need to advocate that both partners be tested.
2. Medication review: Certain medications and conditions can impact male fertility in ways you might not expect. Men are usually on the lookout for medications that can impact their ability to achieve and maintain and erection, but the health of their sperm should be considered as well. Talk to your physician about any medications you are currently taking and whether they could negatively impact fertility.
3. Kick bad habits: Smoking and heavy alcohol use not only negatively impact long-term health but can also affect your fertility by potentially damaging sperm’s DNA. Erectile dysfunction is also linked to heavy alcohol use.
4. Prevent STDs: Yes, STDs, especially those left untreated, can hurt your ability to conceive. You need to consider STD risk prior to every sexual encounter and take protection seriously. A condom, used properly, is an ideal form of contraception that can prevent pregnancy and transmission of disease.
5. Tone up or tone down exercise: Obesity is certainly linked to fertility issues, but so is excessive exercise. If you are underweight, a low sperm count is possible.
We hope you’ll reach out to the Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists with any questions you may have about male fertility issues/concerns.