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Are Lifestyle Decisions Serious Causes of Infertility?

Causes of Infertility in Men

young male patient talking with doctorThere are so many variables when it comes to male infertility that it may seem like there’s nothing men can do to increase the odds. What many men don’t realize, however, is that there are a number of lifestyle choices made every single day that can affect the likelihood of producing healthy sperm. If you and your wife have been trying to conceive but have been unsuccessful, and you aren’t aware of some of the causes of infertility, take a look at the following lifestyle choices that may be having an impact on your body:

Diet and Exercise

Having a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do when trying to conceive. Men who have a poor diet are thought to be less likely to produce healthy sperm, and they sometimes have lower sperm counts. If you have a body mass index of 25 or over, it may be time to start monitoring your eating habits. Likewise, a lack of exercise can also potentially lead to lower sperm counts and less-than healthy sperm.

Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs

Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol has been shown to have an effect on sperm health and sperm counts, also. Men who smoke are encouraged to quit in order to improve the odds of creating healthy sperm, as well as improve their overall health. Quitting smoking also makes it easier to exercise, increasing the odds even further. If you drink alcohol, make sure to do so only in moderation as excessive alcohol consumption can have an effect on fertility. Finally, both street drugs and prescription drugs may also lower the quality and quantity of sperm. If you’re taking a prescription medication, discuss its effects and side effects with your doctor to see if it is playing a role in your fertility concerns.

Sporting Activities

guy in biking gear riding bike on roadCertain sporting activities have been shown to potentially affect sperm count, health, and mobility. Cycling, for example, for long periods of time can often times cause infertility issues in men who do not have the proper padding on their seats. Likewise, men who wear tight clothing while cycling, or taking part in any other sports, may have an increased chance of facing infertility. If you frequently engage in sports, speak with our fertility doctor to see if cutting out certain activities or making changes to these activities can help.

To learn more about fertility treatment options or how your lifestyle choices may be affecting your fertility, contact DFW Center for Infertility & IVF. At DFW Center for Infertility & IVF, our fertility expert,  Dr. Victor E. Beshay, will work with men and women to solve fertility problems using the latest in medical techniques and technology.

To schedule your appointment with DFW Center for Infertility & IVF, call (469) 854-0305.