Separating Fact From Fiction

Myths Abound-Find The Facts

Having a baby is a two-person endeavor, and since men and women have equal opportunity for infertility, it is important that both do whatever they can to ensure conception can happen. People offer all kinds of advice and suggestions to help a couple conceive. Some of the information a couple receives can be useful-some can sound like something from a comic book. Groundless myths that suggest that smoking menthol cigarettes and drinking certain sodas can make a man sterile, abound. Certainly, smoking doesn't help fertility at all, but it probably won't make a man sterile.

Some things are true, and it is worthwhile for a man to be aware of them. Knowledge is power, and if a man knows something is harmful, he is able to do something proactive about it. Ignorance may be bliss, but it does not increase the chances for conception.

Bicycling Can Affect Sperm Production

It is a fact that bicycling can be detrimental to sperm production. Research has proven that sitting on a bike saddle for more than 30 minutes can raise scrotal temperature, affecting the production of sperm. If the choice of gear includes tight bicycling shorts, the temperature rises even more. Genital numbness is an indication of nerve and artery damage that can be caused from prolonged sitting on a bike seat. Choose a seat that is neither too hard nor narrow. Sitting on the "sit bones" is important, rather than sitting forward on the genitalia, and frequent rests help to keep things functioning.

It's Not Only In The Air You Breathe

Pollution not only affects a person's respiratory system, it can also affect sperm production. Sperm count may fall because of estrogen-like chemicals that are used in both agricultural spraying and industry. They show up in everything from our drinking water to the cleaning products used in the home. Hormones used to grow meat animals are another culprit that affects sperm health.

Getting the flu can do more than banish a man to bed for a few days. Illness that causes high fevers can affect both the quality and production of sperm. Since it takes sperm 75 days to mature, the effects of the illness will not show up in terms of fertility until two or three months later.

The Calendar Packs A Double-Whammy

The time of year has an effect upon sperm production. It has been found that men produce more sperm in the winter than in the summer, probably because cooler temperatures are associated with sperm production. Men also tend to have higher sperm counts in the morning than at any other time during the day, but this does not necessarily have any bearing upon fertility. Age affects both men and women. Even though a man will continue to produce sperm throughout his life, as he ages, the quality and quantity of sperm diminishes.

By paying attention to the things that can affect sperm production and sperm health, a man can contribute to the conception process in a positive way.

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