5 Changes Your Husband Can Make to Help You Get Pregnant
by Suzanne Robin, RNApr 01, 2014
When you read statistics on fertility and the likelihood of getting pregnant, it might seem like a miracle that there are any people on Earth at all. It seems as if nearly every aspect of modern life contains elements that can impact your partner's fertility. Still, your partner can fight back by dropping certain bad habits and adopting new, more fertility-friendly ones.
Smoking, excessive alcohol intake and use of recreational drugs,
including marijuana, cocaine and heroin, can all impact a man's sperm count.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20 percent of
American men smoke. Smoking decreases sperm concentration, on average, by 22
percent, although the decrease is dose dependent, the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine states. Smoking may also decrease sperm's ability to
penetrate the egg. Smokeless tobacco also reduces sperm concentration.
Keep the Boys Cool
Boxer shorts are better than tight underwear if he's trying to
get you pregnant, because boxers let the testicles hang loose, which keeps them
cooler. When the testicles are held too tightly against the body, the scrotal
temperature can rise, which can affect sperm counts. Hanging out in the hot tub
can have the same effect, as can endurance cycling, which can affect sperm
morphology, the number of normal sperm in the ejaculate, an article in the International Journal of Sports Medicine cautions.
Have Regular Sex
When you have busy lives, scheduling sex can be difficult. But
having regular sex—at least once every two to three days—means that there
will be viable sperm ready and waiting when you ovulate, the National Center
for Biotechnology Information explains. Trying to synchronize sex to ovulation
causes undue stress and isn't recommended, the organization advises.
Maintain a Normal Weight
Being overweight can have a negative effect on both male and
female fertility. For men, being overweight or obese can increase the risk of
being unable to maintain an erection. Obesity can also impact sperm quality by
decreasing sperm concentration, motility and the number of normal sperm in the
ejaculate, according to a 2013 article in Reproductive Biology and
Endocrinology. Underweight men may also have lower sperm counts than men
who maintain a normal weight.
Cell phones are ubiquitous, but that doesn't mean they're
necessarily harmless. The radio frequency electromagnetic waves emitted by cell
phones could affect sperm counts, sperm viability and normal morphology. Men
who carry their cell phones on a belt below the waist or in their pants pocket
are at risk for lower sperm concentrations and a decreased percentage of motile
sperm, a 2005 article in the journal Biology Letters reports. Carrying
the cell phone away from the testes reduces exposure.