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5 Changes Your Husband Can Make to Help You Get Pregnant

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.

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Quit Bad Habits

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.

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Shift the Cell Phone

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.

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