What Affects Him

August 18, 2008

How many times have you heard a woman say about her husband, "Oh, nothing affects him." That may well be true in many instances, but when it comes to fertility, there are a few things that can affect men which don't necessarily affect women.

Men Carry One-Third of the Infertility Weight

Studies have shown that 30 percent of infertility situations in couples lies with the woman, 30 percent lies with the man and 30 percent is a combination of both and other things as well. So, with 30 percent of the weight upon a man's shoulders, there are a few things he can be doing to enhance his chances of conception and eliminating, if possible, things which can lead to infertility.

Diet, Exercise and Electronics

A healthy diet, exercise and a clean lifestyle are the obvious things for both men and women. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol both damages and slows down motility of sperm and drugs can leave a man sterile. Now, research is indicating there are some things which men are particularly affected by that can lead to low sperm count, slowed motility of sperm and in some cases, infertility - things we wouldn't have thought about just a few years ago.

Cell Phones and Fertility

Experts are now warning that carrying a mobile/cellular phone in a pocket or on a belt can damage a man's fertility. The sperm counts for men who carried their cell phones in this fashion were 15 per cent lower than those who did not use cell phones or who carried them differently. The sperm also displayed poorer motility (ability to swim), which is another very crucial factor in male fertility.

The Hungarian and Australian Studies

A Hungarian study done in 2004 suggested electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones could affect sperm production and it seems the study is supported by another one done in 2005 by Leigh Simmons, a biologist at the University of Western Australia. Dr. Simmons said, "After other lifestyle factors had been accounted for, storage of mobile phones close to the testes had a significant negative impact on sperm concentration and the percentage of motile sperm. These trends suggest that recent concerns over long-term exposure to the electromagnetic irradiations emitted by mobile phones should be taken more seriously, given the growing trend for deterioration in male sperm counts."

100 Years and Counting

According to the World Health Organization, a man is infertile if he has a sperm count below 20 million per millilitre of semen. Although the average count is well above the level at which doctors would diagnose infertility, if there is a continued fall of two percent per year, then men born within the next 100 years could be classed as infertile.

Something to think about.

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