5 Things Killing Your Sperm Count

If you and the wife are trying to have a child, you’re going to start hearing a lot about her ovulation and your sperm count. There are a few things you can do on your end to keep things moving along — ah hem — swimmingly.

The good news is that you have control over all but one of these top five reasons sperm counts go down. They might require some lifestyle changes, but hey, what’s a bigger lifestyle change than fatherhood?

1. Obesity and diabetes.

The exact same inflammation that ravages your cardiovascular system also goes to town on your boys. Poor circulation interferes with sperm production, and nerve damage due to diabetes can send sperm into your own bladder, rather than where you want it.

2. Smoking.

Like you didn’t already have enough reasons to quit! Smoking tobacco and probably weed (though less studies have been done on this) not only has deleterious effects on circulation. It can also affect the motility and DNA of sperm. Your wife’s exposure to your second hand smoke can also result in a child with lower birth weight. You don’t want that, FYI.

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