Congratulations on your decision to start a family! You and your partner are likely very excited, but if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to conceive, you may be feeling a little discouraged.
Even if you’re only just beginning to try to conceive, it’s just as important for you, as a man, to take care of your health as it is for your partner.
Here are four ways to ensure your body is ready and able to start a family.
Take a Multivitamin
Vitamin C and zinc are critical to men’s reproductive health and they each work in different ways. Vitamin C helps sperm to spread out, as opposed to clumping together while zinc works to make your sperm more mobile. It’s even been shown to increase sperm count!
Try Adult Multi for optimal daily nutrition. Just take two capsules with food each day, and you’ll already be well on your way to improved health for fertility.
Know Your Supplements
You want to look good, right? And part of looking good is hitting the gym, but sometimes the supplements you take to bulk up can actually work to lower your sperm count.
For example, you know that low testosterone levels are linked to low sperm count, but did you know that the synthetic testosterones in workout supplements can actually reduce your sperm count?
Most importantly, know what’s in your supplements before you take them. If you need to, talk to your doctor before you begin adding supplements to your daily routine.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you and your partner have visited the doctor together, you’ve probably heard that she should watch her weight. Well, you should too! Studies show that a healthy weight can increase fertility in men and women alike.
Hit the gym, but not too hard. Five times each week for about 45 minutes is plenty to help maintain a healthy weight. And mind your diet. Stay away from processed foods, and opt instead for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains and beans.
Skip the Bar
There are actually three reasons to reconsider hitting the bar with your friends after work. The first is that alcohol is known to lower sperm counts. Drinking in excess can greatly reduce your chances as a couple of conceiving.
The second reason is tobacco. Even if you don’t smoke, second-hand smoke can be detrimental to your fertility. It increases the amount of time it takes to conceive, as well as damages the sperm’s DNA and causes erectile dysfunction.
So, what’s the third reason you should skip the bar? Well simply put… if you’re at the bar, you can’t be at home trying to conceive!
Next time your buddies ask you to join them for a drink, just say, “no thanks!” and head home to be with your partner.