There are numerous situations, habits, or conditions that can affect different factors of male fertility – including sperm count, sperm shape, sperm movement, libido, or erectile function. Some of the more common things to avoid are heat around the groin area, excess alcohol or recreational drug use, stress or anxiety, too much or too little exercise, and poor sleep quality. The coordination of male fertility is quite complex, including the ability to get and maintain an erection, ejaculation, stimulation of the pituitary gland and connection with the testicles to produce sperm and testosterone.
Something all men should be aware of as well are the effects that different medications can have on our reproductive health. These effects can include direct toxicity, decreased libido, decreased sperm health, erectile dysfunction, or blocking fertilization. Medications are of course important and in many cases essential to quality of life and good health, but it is always important to take a closer look at potential side effects to weigh risks and benefits. Common drugs that can have an effect on fertility and reproductive health include recreational drugs, blood pressure medications, hormone medications, psychiatric medications, and antibiotics.
You should never stop taking medication without first consulting with your prescribing doctor, but also don’t be afraid to ask questions and get more information.
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