A Dozen Ways to Healthy Sperm

I know its hard to fathom but spring is almost here. Out East, they’re buried in snow. Out West, the specials this week are flooding and mudslides. Nevertheless, soon enough, birds and bees will fill the air and thoughts of more than just pollination will cross the minds of many.

So, how do you make your sperm as healthy and fit as they can be? Well, the body makes sperm, so anything that effects overall health can affect sperm. [Read more...]

Judge rules Craigslist sperm donor has to pay child support

Does anyone else see how completely crazy this is?

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News from Below the Belt: It’s All about Sperm

Sperm is making headlines again. Some of the news is good, some not so much. On the good side, recent studies have found that drinking coffee and alcohol (within reason, of course) doesn’t hurt a man’s fertility. Also on the good side is that exercise may boost your sperm count, as will a diet that […]

Pregnancy after a Vasectomy

If you’ve had a vasectomy, you might not consider your chances of having a baby to be particularly high. However, thanks to huge advances in fertility treatment–namely PESA, TESE and ICSI–the route to fatherhood is much more achievable than it was during the mid-1990’s. A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for men which […]

Pregnancy after a Vasectomy

If you’ve had a vasectomy, you might not consider your chances of having a baby to be particularly high. However, thanks to huge advances in fertility treatment–namely PESA, TESE and ICSI–the route to fatherhood is much more achievable than it was during the mid-1990’s.

A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for men which prevents the chance of pregnancy. It involves disconnecting the tube that carries sperms from the testicles to the penis, meaning that no sperm is present when you ejaculate.

You can have a vasectomy reversal to restore your fertility and allow you to conceive, however, the procedure is not always successful and your chances of conception after a vasectomy reversal depend on a number of factors, such as the time since your vasectomy and the type of vasectomy you had. However, many men do not realize that there are alternatives available which allow you to conceive without undergoing a reversal operation.
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Overcoming Infertility

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In part 1 of this 2-part series, we talked about how infertility increases men’s risk of developing heart problems and cancer. If fatherhood is in the cards for you (or you’d like it to be), there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.

  • Cean up your life. Smoking, obesity, and a high-fat diet all contribute to infertility. In one study, men who got at least 37% of their daily calories from fat, had a 43% lower sperm count and 38% lower sperm concentration than the men with the lowest fat intake. Saturated fats are especially big contributors to infertility. In that same study, men who got at least of their daily calories from saturated fats had a 35% lower total sperm count and a 38% lower sperm concentration than the men consuming the lowest levels. There’s one kind of fat, though, that may be able to counteract these effects: omega-3 fatty acids. Higher levels are associated with a decrease in sperm abnormalities, which is a common cause of infertility.
  • Think about the next generation. You may not even be a dad yet, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about becoming a grand-dad. New research has found that women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have sons with low sperm counts. Actually, maternal smoking was one of three pregnancy-related factors that decreased sons’ sperm count at age 20. However, the other two—slow fetal growth and slow growth in childhood—are often caused by smoking during pregnancy. So, if you want to have grandkids, make sure their mother doesn’t reach for the pack of smokes. What she does today could lead to your future son’s infertility.
  • Stop doing the valsalva maneuver. What’s that? It’s the thing you do when you try to clear your ears when you’re in a fast-moving elevator, scuba diving, descending in an airplane, or just have a cold (a lot of people do it by pinching their nostrils shut and then trying to exhale air through the nose). Increasing the pressure like that can cause varicoceles, enlarged veins in the scrotum which are the most common cause of male infertility. The pressure from clearing your ears causes blood to pool in the testicles. That, in turn, increases the temperature in the scrotum, which effectively parboils—and kills—sperm (and that’s pretty much the definition of infertility). This may sound a little crazy, but Iranian researcher, Bijan Rezakhaniha found that wind musicians—who are effectively doing the valsalva maneuver for hours at a time, are twice as likely as non-wind musicians to have varicoceles. The good news is that in most cases, varicoceles are treatable. If you’re a musician and want to be a dad, this might be the time to give up the trumpet or oboe and pick up the violin or drums.

If you’re interested in learning more strange and unusual facts about sperm, fertility, and infertility, you may want to check out the series I did for the Talking About Men’s Health blog. Click here for links to part 1, part 2, and part 3.