5 Lifestyle Factors that Affect Sperm Quality

Many factors that affect your sperm quality are beyond your control including genetics, your age, and whether you have a chronic disease or illness. However, there is much you can do to promote good sperm production, and it starts with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Five important factors to consider when you’re trying to conceive a child or want to become a sperm donor at San Diego Sperm Bank.

Keep your testicles cool. The testes must remain cooler than the rest of your body to function properly. Studies reveal that repeated and consistent heat exposure can cause a significant drop in sperm count, which is why you should limit your time in hot tubs, choose boxers over briefs, and avoid placing a laptop computer in your lap for long periods.

Maintain a healthy body weight. Men who are extremely overweight or obese are at elevated risk of reduced testicular function and increased levels of female hormones — and both can lead to significantly lower sperm counts as compared with men who are more height-weight proportionate.

Drink in moderation — and curb those vices. Alcohol abuse can negatively affect semen quality and count, so try to drink in moderation. Recreational drugs, including marijuana, aren’t safe either and have been shown to reduce sperm count, sperm function, and fertility health in general. In addition, cigarette smoking is proven to damage sperm DNA, cause sperm to move too slowly to be effective, and increase the chance of erectile dysfunction.

Reduce or control your stress level. While eliminating stress isn’t always possible, reducing or controlling it can help you maintain normal sperm production. Some practical things you can do to reduce stress are to get enough sleep each night, eat a balanced diet, pray or meditate regularly, and keep a consistent exercise routine.

Eat more folate: Low levels of folic acid in your diet may cause a higher rate of abnormal chromosomes in your sperm, so eating foods rich in folate is important. Great sources of folate including beans, leafy greens, whole grains, and citrus fruits.

If you have questions about maintaining good sperm health, or are interested in becoming a sperm donor, contact us at [email protected] or (858) 732-8500.