Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's Not Your Lifestyle: Male Infertility

There is an interesting article published on the Irish Health website.  It sights a study out of the UK, which debunks the popular myth (perpetuated by doctors) that unhealthy lifestyles effects sperm.  We suffered from male-factor infertility and we believed that upgrading my husband's lifestyle would have a positive effect on his sperm.  My husband would run home from work (7+ miles), took multivitamins and lowered his alcohol intake.  These were all things that my doctor and a plethora of websites suggested to do to improve sperm health.

The new study found that men who ejaculated low numbers of swimming sperm were:

  • 2.5 times more likely to have had testicular surgery
  • twice as likely to be of black ethnicity
  • 1.3 times more likely to be in manual work
  • 1.3 not wear boxer shorts
  • 1.3 not had a previous conception.

****The men's use of recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol, as well as their weight measured by their body mass index (BMI), had little effect.

Here's the link to the full article.

Here are links to chapter one of my book:


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