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What can you do to improve the health of your sperm?

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Many of the things you do to keep yourself healthy can also do the same for sperm. Try some of these tips:

  • Don't smoke or use illicit drugs, especially anabolic steroids.
  • Avoid contact with toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Eat a healthy diet and keep your weight under control.
  • Keep your scrotum cool, because heat slows down the making of sperm. To do this, avoid hot baths, wear boxers instead of briefs, and try not to wear tight pants.

From: Sperm FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "How Long Can Sperm Live in Air? In a Bath?" "Semen;" and "Making Strong Sperm."

WomensHealth.gov: "Trying to Conceive."

Oakland University: "Dr. Lindemann's Sperm Facts."

University of Michigan Health System: "Male Infertility."

Lab Tests Online: "Semen Analysis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

IVFMD.com: "New World Health Semen Analysis Parameters."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 30, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "How Long Can Sperm Live in Air? In a Bath?" "Semen;" and "Making Strong Sperm."

WomensHealth.gov: "Trying to Conceive."

Oakland University: "Dr. Lindemann's Sperm Facts."

University of Michigan Health System: "Male Infertility."

Lab Tests Online: "Semen Analysis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

IVFMD.com: "New World Health Semen Analysis Parameters."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 30, 2018

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