These tips for improving male fertility are from physician and author Dr Jacob Teitelbaum. Here, he shares his tips for getting pregnant for men and women.
First, a quip about pregnancy from actress Debra Messing:
“I’d get out of the bath, and my husband and I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror and look at my reflection like I was a science experiment — like, Wow, look at that! Look what’s happening over here!” said Messing.
Before you can see what your body looks like with a baby inside, you have to get pregnant first! For info for couples coping with infertility, read The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies by T.D. Glover and C.L.R. Barratt.
And, here are Dr Teitelbaum’s tips for improving male fertility…
Tips for Improving Male Fertility and Getting Pregnant
“These are important things to avoid from now until after your wife gets pregnant, as they can cause infertility,” says Dr Teitelbaum. “Just do the best you can with these guidelines – it’s okay to not be perfect with them.”
1. When convenient, avoid meat with estrogen (i.e., get your meat from a natural foods store).
2. Avoid soy-based foods (e.g., tofu, tempeh, soy cheese and milk, etc). Even modest intakes drop sperm counts by 40%.
3. Avoid Melatonin, Testosterone, Verapamil and Nifedipine (the latter two are heart/blood pressure medications) which can cause reversible infertility and cause problems getting pregnant.
4. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
5. Keep sperm cool – they do poorly at temperatures over 96 degrees (which is why the testes hang below the rest of the body to stay cooler). Avoid elevated scrotal temperatures by wearing boxer shorts. Do NOT wear briefs, tight fitting underwear or jeans. Avoid hot tubs. Avoid rowing/ski machines, treadmills or jogging unless the testes can hang free.
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6. Avoid aspirin, Motrin or similar medications, which block the hormone prostaglandin (Prostaglandins in the seminal fluid may assist sperm). Tylenol is OK in moderation (if you need high doses regularly, talk to your doctor).
7. Increase liquid vegetable oils and avoid cottonseed oil (may contain gossypol which inhibit sperm function), palm or coconut oils, or trans, hydrogenated or saturated fats as comfortably able.
To learn more about improving male infertility, read Is My Sperm Count Normal? Home Male Fertility Tests.
If you don’t think your sperm count is normal, read 5 Signs You Should See a Fertility Doctor.
And if you have any thoughts on these tips for improving male fertility and getting pregnant, please comment below…
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