What can I do?

Avoid alcohol & tobacco:

Smoking, including passive smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to lower sperm health. What is excessive alcohol consumption ? Click here to find out more.

Have regular sex at the right time:

  • Sex every 2 to 3 days optimises the chances of pregnancy.
  • If a man ejaculates too frequently (8 times a week or more), sperm health will be poorer, so it’s important to maintain a gap of two days between ejaculations.
  • It’s also important to know when the female partner is ovulating. Talk to your doctor about how you can work out when this is.

Avoid tight-fitting underwear, hot baths & electric blankets:

These increase testicle temperature and may reduce sperm health.

Take time to relax and avoid stress:

Stress can affect a couple’s relationship and is likely to reduce libido and how often you have sex.

Ensure adequate nutrition:

A healthy (balanced) diet is essential for general health, which supports reproductive health.Include foods that contain high levels of antioxidants:

  • Vegetables, particularly artichokes, broccoli
  • Beans, particularly kidney and pinto beans
  • Nuts, particularly hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts
  • Grains, particularly sorghum
  • Fruits, particularly cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, red and green apples
  • Dark chocolate and red wine

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