How can a man increase fertility?

I’d rather suggest how men can prevent infertility. There are many lifestyle factors that can affect fertility, for example, smoking, alcohol consumption, excess caffeine intake, unhealthy diet, high body mass index and stress. These are the common factors that are related to the day-to-day life and can easily affect fertility.


Smoking is well known to affect the sperm count it can lead to low concentration, low motility and low morphology. Therefore quitting smoking should be a priority if you want to prevent infertility.


Heavy alcohol consumption or binge drinking can lead to male infertility. Therefore, NICE or The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that men should consume about almost three to five units a week. However many international societies suggest that men and women should abstain from alcohol consumption if they are trying for pregnancy or they want to prevent infertility.


On the same note like smoking and alcohol, excess caffeine intake has also been associated with low sperm count and low motility.


To maintain fertility, it is important to have a healthy balanced diet that provides for the recommended daily intake of macronutrients, micronutrients, trace elements and minerals. But men should also take into account that the diet should contain elements like zinc, selenium, antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A in addition to the natural antioxidants.


Stress is a very common factor these days. It has not been associated with infertility, but it is well known that it can lead to a delay in the time it takes to conceive. So stress management by engaging in regular exercise, pursuing a hobby, practising mindfulness or meditation are also measures one should consider.

Heat and Clothing

Importantly men should also consider avoiding exceptional hot temperatures such as hot baths or wearing tight clothing.

These are some of the measures that one can take into consideration when trying to prevent infertility or trying to conceive.

By |2018-08-10T15:15:50+00:00June 30th, 2016|Fertility, Video|1 Comment
Dr Krishna is Director of London IVF and Genetics Centre. She is a highly experienced Consultant Gynaecologist and specialist in Fertility and reproductive medicine. She manages couples with male or female cause of subfertility across the full range of complexity. She has special interest in managing patients with repeated treatment failures and those who respond poorly. She has published in professional journals and presented at national and international meetings. She is passionate in delivering best possible treatment outcomes and experience, as evidenced by patient feedback.

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  1. Glefy Furtado July 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I would like to contact Dr Shipra Singh .
    Could you pass on my e-mail and ph number please.

    Mr Glefy Furtado
    Consultant Lead Urogynaecologist
    Wexham Park Hospital.

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