has been associated with decreased libido,
erectile failure, and ejaculatory problems. Furthermore, drugs such
as heroin are known to interfere with normal hormonal production, leading
to decreased LH and testosterone levels. Anabolic steroids, frequently
used by athletes to increase muscle mass, can significantly impact sperm
production, and reduce sperm counts. Currently, the impact of recreational
drug use on future fertility is yet unknown, therefore discontinuation
is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your fertility
and your overall health.
Herbs and Supplements
Here are some herbs and supplements that may adversely affect your fertility.
All of these are available without a prescription and at least one of
these is likely to be present in many households. If you are concerned
about other natural products or require more details, consult your physician.
I also recommend that anyone having difficulty conceiving talk to their
physician about any herbal products, supplements, or other over-the-counter
products they may presently be taking. Be sure to visit Boosting Your
Fertility to learn about some Herbal Products and Nutritional Supplements
that may positively impact your Fertility.
HERBS TO AVOID IN MEN TRYING TO CONCEIVE:
Other names: Cottonroot
This herb has been used in China as a male contraceptive.
St. John's Wort
One study showed that St. John's Wort in high doses was toxic to
hamster sperm. Its effect on human sperm is unknown; however it
would be logical to avoid this herb until more studies are available.
A supplement that has received a lot of press for its ability to
enhance "athletic performance" and increase testosterone levels
in the body. At this time, there are still many questions regarding
the safety as well as the efficacy of this supplement since it has
a lot of the same properties as anabolic steroids. Until more information
is available about this supplement, its use can not be recommended.
Smoking can have a negative impact on both male and female fertility.
It is important to note that exposure to second hand smoke can be just
as harmful as smoking itself. In men, smoking can reduce sperm counts
and impair sperm motility. In women, smoking has been linked to impaired
fertility and increased risk of miscarriage. Although it may be difficult,
stopping smoking is an important lifestyle change that maximizes your
chances of becoming pregnant. There are many products available on the
market to help you stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about the most
appropriate smoking cessation program for you.
It is generally recommended that the male partner avoid frequent saunas
and hot baths. High temperatures are believed to interfere with sperm
production, and may therefore lower the sperm count. Avoiding heat in
no way implies that the man should not take a hot shower!
Clothing - boxers vs. briefs
Are boxers or briefs most suitable when trying to conceive? This is
a common question asked by men and their partners in the process of
trying to have a baby. Although there is no definitive literature supporting
either one, most sources will recommend that the man wear loose fitting
clothing, which means boxer shorts and loose trousers. The reason for
this is that tight clothing can increase the temperature in the scrotum
and as a result, decrease the sperm production.
Timing of Sexual Intercourse
Timing sexual intercourse around the time of ovulation can be one of
the easiest and most effective strategies that you can take to enhance
your chances of conception. The man is constantly making sperm, however
the woman's fertile period only happens once a month! Therefore, it
is important to time intercourse during that fertile period.
Occupational Hazards - chemicals
The impact of extensive exposure to chemicals on fertility in men mostly
comes from anecdotal reports. Exposure to heavy metals, particularly
lead, pesticides, and anesthetic gases has been associated with potential
impairments to sperm quality. This list is certainly not exhaustive,
and there may be other chemicals, yet unknown, that can negatively affect
a man's reproductive ability. Radiation treatment (perhaps for cancer)
may affect sperm production, and therefore impact fertility. If you
work with environmental chemicals or are exposed to radiation on a routine
basis, and are experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy, you should
speak to your doctor. Occupational hazards are considered a risk factor
Stop to consider the effect that stress can have on your emotional well
being, your personal relationships, and even your sex life. Clearly,
a healthy and enjoyable sex life is an important part of working with
your partner to conceive a child. Whether the stress is caused by work,
an active lifestyle, or your conscious effort to conceive, we have tips
on keeping the stress to a minimum on your quest for a child.
Quoted from -- http://www.fertilitext.org/p4_male/life_factors.html