Infertility might not be something you think about very often. You might be one of those people who has no plans on having children, so why would you even care. Moreover, isn’t it women who are the ones that have to worry about it anyway. I know we have all heard of or know guys in their sixties who are having children.
I am here to say that the causes of infertility are a direct correlation to how you treat your self-care, and infertility is on the rise. There is a looming male infertility crisis that could endanger the survival of the human race. I know it sounds crazy and a little like hyperbole, but this is a serious matter.
Let’s take a look at the research, what it means to you, and how we can help combat it.
A 50% Drop in Sperm Concentration
In a study conducted in 2017, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered that sperm concentration of men from North America, Europe, and Australia has declined over 50 percent in the past 40 years. The frightening thing is that there is no indication of a leveling off or slowing down of this phenomenon.
There have been previous studies going back to 1992 which showed a decline in sperm quality, but this study was the first meta-analysis to provide reliable and concrete evidence of this phenomenon.
While of course then could lead to a rapid decrease in the world population, there are in facts links to poor male fertility to illness and death. The exact causes were not outlined in this report, but we can look at some potential factors as well as other research conducted since.
The Failure of Modern Life
One of the biggest potential causes of male infertility comes from the habits of modern life. With all of our technological, medical, and societal advances, modern life has failed us as men.
We have become conditioned to be less active and to eat more junk food on a regular basis. We have become so sedentary in modern life that a new affliction known as sitting disease has emerged. Junk food and inactivity provide a one-two punch to fertility by lowering sperm count and reducing sperm production.
Paradoxically, our lives have indeed become easier but stress levels have never been higher, and high stress can also be a factor in declining fertility rates.
Now our lifestyles are not entirely to blame, the environment also produces several negative effects on our bodies every day. Pollution, prenatal chemical exposure, adult pesticide exposure, electromagnetic radiation exposure from phones and computers and even our plastic wrappers and containers containing BPA could be having an effect on us.
Needless to say, the odds seem stacked against us.
Signs and Effects of Infertility
While the number one and most obvious sign of infertility is the inability to produce a child, there are numerous other signs and side effects that occur due to it.
Other signs of infertility include: reduced sexual arousal and performance, abnormal breast growth, recurrent respiratory infections, inability to smell, and decreased facial or body hair.
There are also several links to health related problems and infertility. I put these issues separate from the ones above, because of the nature of the link between the two. This is actually a chicken or the egg scenario, because there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence on whether infertility leads to these issues or the other way around. These health issues include: skin disease, high blood pressure, heart and blood pressure disease, and glandular problems.
One thing that has been confirmed is that there is definitely a correlation between your health and your sperm production.
Ways to Boost Fertility and Your Health
It is safe to say that boosting your fertility will have an overall positive impact on your health. The same principles that you should rigorously apply to your self-care will aid in the fight to affect this ongoing crisis.
A healthy diet, quitting smoking, regular exercise, meditation, and limited alcohol consumption can drastically turn your life around.
As far as practical steps to specifically affect your fertility and sperm production, there are several ways and things to avoid in tackling this task.
The main external force that effects sperm is heat. If you frequently take hot baths, this could be affecting your sperm quality.
Also, you might want to change to boxers instead of tight-fitting briefs. Briefs trap the heat and increase the temperature in that area.
Electronics specifically laptops and smartphones produce a tremendous amount of heat and electromagnetic radiation that causes all kinds of havoc on our body especially our sperm. Keep your laptop off of your lap whenever you are using it and keep your phone out of your pocket as much as possible.
Even if you have been guilty of these habits, it is not too late to start making changes. After 2-3 months, your sperm production can see rapid improvement. Some have even reported that changes can be seen in just a month.
Modern life has caused a crisis of male infertility. We have reached a 50 percent decline in sperm production in just a 40-year time span with no end in sight. For those of you out there who plan on being a father, this can be disheartening news, and you may be energized to combat it.
However, this is for all men. All the key markers of your self-care are directly correlated to fertility. Poor sperm quality and production can lead to devastating effects on your mental and physical health.
It isn’t too late to make a positive change, and I want us all to turn the tide and fight back against this looming threat. We have overcome worse. Take steps to eat well, exercise more, and seek medical attention if necessary when you notice something isn’t quite right.
I welcome your thoughts on this subject as well as any tips you may have for the community on ways to boost your fertility and live a healthier life. Take care everyone.