There are many factors, environmental and otherwise, that can have an impact on a man’s fertility. Genetic or medically diagnosed infertility typically can’t be changed by lifestyle alterations. If your infertility is a result of genetics or an illness or medical procedure, then should consult a fertility specialist to learn about “assisted reproductive technologies” that are appropriate for your particular case. These assisted technologies are things like IVF, ICSI and IUI. As for the second category, environmental, you may be able to significantly impact your fertility just by altering your lifestyle. In this article we describe some of the most common environmental factors you should be aware of, and things you can try to help your journey to pregnancy along.

Factors Affecting Male Fertility

Fertility and Smoking

Male smokers have a 30% higher chance of being infertile. Smoking is particularly damaging to sperm cells and destroys them at the DNA level. If you needed another reason to quit smoking, THIS IS IT!

Some things you can do to prevent infertility

Male Fertility and Diet

We’ve talked about things to avoid in terms of fertility, now what are some things you can do to improve it? It is difficult to compile hard data on dietary substances that improve male fertility. However, improving overall physical health is definitely the first step before undertaking more intense fertility treatments. And the good news is you can make these chances for free and the earlier the better!

Some things to add to your diet:

And of course, more things to avoid:

The bottom line on diet is that every part of you is healthier, livelier and more functioning when you are filling your body with the high-performing foods it needs. With the addition of a couple of fertility boosters like zinc and folic acid, following the healthy living guidelines for all adults today will help protect your fertility.

These are claims based on general health guidelines and non-medical research. They are not meant to be treatments for infertility, and do not replace assisted reproductive technologies if required. Talk to your doctor before making any dietary adjustments.