Tips for better and healthier sperm

Making a baby seems like such a fun and easy job. But if a pregnancy continues to fail, things suddenly become very different. Unwanted childlessness can have many causes. One of these causes is disappointing seed quality. Fortunately, in many cases something can be done about this. The tips for healthier sperm discussed in this article will improve sperm quality, increasing the chance of a spontaneous pregnancy.

What is bad sperm and what is better sperm?

Sperm must meet quite a few requirements before it has a chance of fertilizing an egg:

  • Sperm must contain a lot of sperm cells, between 20 and 50 million per milliliter to be precise. If the semen contains fewer than 20 million sperm cells, this is called oligozoospermia.
  • Sperm cells must be motile. Only fast swimmers can force their way through the cervix and then reach the fallopian tube via the uterus. Sperm cells that are not fit drop out halfway through or simply arrive too late. When sperm move too slowly, it is called asthenozoospermia.
  • Egg cells are picky. They prefer to be fertilized by sperm cells that have a certain shape. Candidates with an abnormal form (this is called teratozoospermia) are mercilessly rejected.

It often involves a combination of the above complications: men who are less fertile usually have less mobile sperm with few sperm cells that also have an abnormal shape. The good news is that a few lifestyle changes can lead to healthier sperm.

Tips for better sperm

Men with healthier sperm are more likely to conceive a child. The following tips for healthier sperm will ensure that the quality of your sperm cells is optimal:

  • Stop smoking and/or using drugs: Smoking and drug use are bad for the entire body and therefore also for the sperm. Also be careful with excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Be careful with heat: sperm cells thrive best at a temperature of 35 degrees. Saunas, hot baths or sultry, tight underpants cause an increase in temperature between the legs. Therefore, avoid these circumstances as much as possible.
  • Be careful when using medications and working with toxic substances: some medications have a negative effect on sperm. If necessary, ask your pharmacist or doctor whether this is the case. For the same reason, avoid contact with certain types of paint and other chemicals (such as solvents or pesticides).
  • Make sure you get enough vitamins: eat healthy and varied. Vitamin C and zinc in particular contribute to better sperm count.
  • Consider the ejaculation frequency: having too many ejaculations is disastrous for the quality of the sperm, but so is too little. Find a balance here. Research shows that one ejaculation every 36 to 72 hours is the most favorable frequency.

Reduced fertility in men is annoying, but can be combated in a number of ways. With these tips for better sperm you can work on optimal condition of your body and your sperm cells.