Could These Three Things Be Messing Up Your Man’s Fertility?

When it comes to pregnancy, let's face it–

Usually all of our talk centers around the woman. What she's eating, what she's drinking, what she's not eating, how she's exercising, what medications she's taking, heck, even if she should or should not be touching receipts. (Yes, for real.)

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But, of course, pregnancy is a two-way street and there are a lot of factors that can affect a man's fertility. If you're trying to conceive, you may want to check if your man has any of the following circumstances that could be a risk factor for decreased fertility. 

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A recent study in Fertility and Sterility looked to examine some less common aspects of a man's life, including his work, that could affect his fertility. The study looked at over 450 men, with an average age of about 31 and their sperm count and concentration, both obviously, factors in getting pregnant. 

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Interestingly enough, the study revealed that the type of work a man does can affect his sperm count. The highlights of the study found that:

  • Men who performed “heavy exertion” at work were more likely to have low sperm counts, a condition called oligospermia.
  • High blood pressure was also found to have a negative effect on sperm. 
  • Taking multiple medications was also correlated with negative sperm count, although it wasn't the amount of medications that seemed to affect the sperm, but instead the medical conditions behind why they men were taking the medications that were to blame. 

Men who worked shift jobs or at night did not have lowered sperm counts, nor did men who worked primarily passive jobs, such as sitting all day. And while hypertension was associated with lower sperm count, other medical conditions, such as having high cholesterol and diabetes, were not. 

And while the researchers concluded, as researchers tend to do, that “more research” was needed before they could reach an ultimate prediction on how exactly a man's work and health conditions could affect his fertility, it's definitely worth checking into if you and your partner are trying to conceive.

If your man has a job that involves a lot of physical labor and exertion, has high blood pressure or takes multiple medications for health conditions, you may want to speak with a fertility specialist before you begin the process of trying to conceive. 

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Could These Three Things Be Messing Up Your Man’s Fertility?

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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