Mon, Jul 16, 2018

Seven deadly sins, seven deadly habits!

I’ve blogged on a number of these sperm damaging behaviours over the years. Below is an article by Men’s Health with an overview of a number of habits which can curtail the health of your sperm.

A lot of it is common sense – better health, better sperm. But you may be surprised to know which unhealthy behaviours wreak particular havoc in your nutsack. Or to what extent these behaviours can really kick you in the balls.

Read on, an protect your prunes!

Semen Simon

 


 

 

7 Things You Do Every Day That Destroy Your Sperm

These seemingly innocent habits could be adding up to some serious below-the-belt trouble

 

BY MARYGRACE TAYLOR

 

You spent so many years trying not to get her pregnant, so when you finally want to become a dad, you might be surprised to discover that conceiving isn’t as easy as you may have thought. In fact, 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant. And in 1 out of every 3 cases, the problem is on the guy’s end, according to the national fertility organization Resolve.

“Normal sperm counts have declined in the last several decades,” says Ajay Nangia, M.B.B.S., a professor of urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center specializing in male infertility.

Part of that dip could be due to seemingly harmless things guys do on an everyday basis. Here, 7 common habits that might be messing with your sperm.

 

SPERM-DAMAGING HABIT: STAYING UP TOO LATE

Turn off Netflix and get to bed: Guys who logged less than 6 hours of sleep per night were 31 percent less likely to get their partners pregnant than guys who slept for 7 to 8 hours per night, according to a preliminary study in the journal Fertility & Sterility.

Lack of sleep may lower your production of the hormone testosterone, which is essential for sperm production, researchers say.

But too much shuteye isn’t the answer, either: Men who snoozed for more than 9 hours a night also demonstrated lower levels of fertility. So shoot for 7 to 8 hours a night—the sweet spot in the study.

 

SPERM-DAMAGING HABIT: USING THE WRONG LUBE

Popular commercial lubes like K-Y and Astroglide can hamper your sperm’s motility, or their ability to efficiently swim towards the egg to fertilize it, a 2014 study in Fertility & Sterility found. The lubes’ thick consistency may make it difficult for the sperm to move, says Dr. Nangia.

“They’re fine for intercourse [when you’re not trying to get pregnant], but they can act a bit like a spermicidal barrier,” he says. (Still, you should never use a lubricant as birth control.)

Plus, they also contain hydrochloric acid, a preservative that can kill sperm, he says.

Instead, stick with a fertility-friendly lube like PreSeed, which is less damaging to sperm, the study found.

 

SPERM-DAMAGING HABIT: SKIMPING ON FISH

Ordering your fair share of fish might save your swimmers. When Harvard researchers studied the diet and semen quality of 155 men, they found that guys who ate the most fish—particularly omega-3-rich fish like salmon or tuna—had higher sperm counts and higher levels of normal, healthy sperm than those who ate less.

On the flip side, men who ate the most processed meat, like bacon, hotdogs, and salami, had the lowest sperm counts and the highest levels of abnormally shaped sperm compared to men who ate the least.

Processed meats might decrease reproductive hormones like testosterone, while the omega-3 fatty acids in fish promote the formation of healthier sperm, researchers say.

 

SPERM-DAMAGING HABIT: GUZZLING SODA

Guys who drink more than one sugary soda a day have lower sperm motility than those who rarely or never sip the sweet stuff, a study published in Human Reproduction found.

Eating or drinking too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance, a condition where your cells are unable to take glucose from your blood and use it for energy. This can lead to inflammation, which can hinder how your sperm moves, the researchers say.

Plus, if your soda habit is making you fat, that could pose its own problem. Too much fat prompts your body to pump out less testosterone and more estrogen, which is bad for your fertility, Dr. Nangia says.

Extra fat tissue around your thighs and groin can also raise the temperature inside your scrotum. That could create a too-warm environment that’s also bad for your sperm, he says.

 

SPERM-DAMAGING HABIT: STRESSING OUT