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Tips for Improving Male Fertility and Getting Pregnant

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.

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.

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9 thoughts on “Tips for Improving Male Fertility and Getting Pregnant”

  1. If you’re trying to get pregnant and think you have male fertility problems, you have to see a doctor in person. There may be underlying health issues that are causing problems with your sperm.

  2. Hi,

    Am syed 32yrs from India.& am trying to be father, since 3yrs.yet no results I have high blood pressure and having Tab:Convance AT. once a day. i have my own doubts about my sperm count it is heard that high Blood pressure will cause infertility in males. if so what is the solution for me? please advise.

    Thanxs in Advance.

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Nishan,

    The best way to check for male infertility or sperm problems is to do a sperm test. There are sperm tests you can do at home, and sperm tests you can do through your doctor.

    Here’s a description of two male fertility tests:

    Home Male Fertility Test – Is My Sperm Count Too Low?

    Good luck — I hope your sperm count is high and healthy!


  4. Im 26 years old boy.I have sufferd from mumps in two times at my childhood period (before 12 years before. My friend told me that mumps causes infertility. I want to know whether it is true or not..How can i check it?
    Please reply……….

    Thank You

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Ali ~ sorry I missed your comment! You need to talk to a doctor about how varicocele affects having a child. I think some cases can be treated, but it depends on your body and genetics.

    Samantha ~ you can get a sperm test on Amazon, or you can get a doctor to order one for you. I’d recommend getting the doctor’s sperm test, as it may be more reliable. Plus, if there are sperm problems, then you can talk to the doctor!

  6. My bf and i have been trying to get pregnant and it does not seem to be working at all i know i am able to have children i already have one and my overies are good. Is there any advise you can give us on how to get his sperm check

  7. this true that a man having varicocele will not be able to father a child . varicocele can be cure after surgery please tell me.

  8. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Courtney,

    I’m sorry to hear that your fiance’s semen analysis didn’t go well…that can be really disappointing to a man. And to his partner, if she wants to get pregnant!

    Talking to a fertility specialist or doctor is his best option. Improving male fertility can depend on the cause of the abnormal sperm, and I can’t tell you what the root of his problems are. Sometimes doctors can’t treat abnormal sperm or increase sperm production….and other times, they’re very successful in improving male fertility!

    So, I encourage you and your fiance to talk directly to your doctor about what the abnormal sperm morphology means and how it will be treated.

    Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful…


  9. My fiance recently had a semen analysis done. He has been told he had abnormal sperm morphology. What will this mean? How will it be treated?