Male infertility may be caused by a wide range of factors, and there is suitable male fertility treatment available. Male patients should lead a healthy lifestyle following an infertility treatment to increase their chances of having children. The healthy lifestyle should include a diet and exercise plan, as well as avoiding a few factors that can affect fertility.
Assessing the Condition
Following a male infertility treatment, the fertility specialist should assess the condition of the patient and decide if he is fertile and can have children. The fertility specialist can make certain recommendations, which may be linked to additional procedures and the lifestyle following the infertility treatment. The lifestyle of the patient can be essential and may help the patient have children, or it may also affect the normal sperm count.
A poor diet can be a factor contributing to fertility problems in men. Fried foods and foods that are high in saturated fats can result in poor quality sperm and abnormal sperm count. In addition, these foods may also decrease the patient’s libido.
The patient should follow a healthy dietary regimen, which will contain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that will improve and support fertility. There are a few foods that can boost fertility:
- Beef, pork, chicken
- Wheat products
- Brown rice
- Green leaf veggies
In addition, the patient should also consider some zinc supplements, along with some selenium and vitamin E. The patient should consider switching to an all organic diet, as non organic products may be filled with hormones (i.e. estrogen), which can have a damaging effect on male fertility and the sperm quality.
Male fertility can be influenced by a few factors. Obesity plays an important role in reducing male fertility, so the patient will be advised to lose weight, if needed. If the patient is not obese, he should lead a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise programs to prevent obesity.
Other factors that can affect fertility in men include:
- Tight underwear or pants, which can reduce the sperm count
- Uncomfortable underwear material, non organic underwear fabrics
- Frequent overheating of the testicles (i.e. at saunas or after sitting in a chair for too long)
- Bike rides, motorcycle rides, horseback riding
- Exposure to toxins and chemicals (i.e. paint)
- Alcohol consumption (more than 2 drinks per day, for at least 3 days per week)
- Marijuana consumption as well as the consumption of other recreational drugs
- Too frequent ejaculation (more than once per day, which can affect the quality of the sperm)
Some male infertility treatment patients may require an additional procedure to increase their chances of a normal sperm count and having children. The fertility specialist can indicate whether additional treatments are recommended and what type of treatments may have high chances of success.