By Autum Kirgan, L.Ac
What do summertime, an Italian countryside, and increased fertility have in common? No, don’t worry; it’s not a bad romantic comedy. It’s our latest tips on the best time to get it on with your significant other and help kick infertility.
A study that was conducted at the Centre for Reproductive Incapacity of the University Hospital of Parma, in northern Italy, sought out to find if sperm quality had any correlation to seasonal changes.
Guess what ladies and gentlemen…
July and August are PEAK months for the family jewels. Sperm were shown to be more active
and motile during these summer months than any other time of the year. Their study showed that men who had motility greater than 40% increased by 25% in the summer months and only by 10% in the winter.
What does this mean for couples out there trying to conceive? It means, the time is NOW… it’s time to tango… Turn on some Marvin Gaye and “Let’s Get It On,” or whatever floats your boat.
Although we mostly treat women, Male Factor is a significant part of fertility. Here at Inner Peace we do indeed treat men for Male Factor, with success and increased fertility, I might add.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Health, in 40% of infertile couples, the male is the sole cause or contributing factor in the inability to conceive and decreased fertility. 40%!? That’s almost half of the half!
We see a lot of women take on full responsibility for the inability to conceive and infertility before doing any investigative work. I say WHOA! Hold on, girl it might not even be you, there IS another piece to this infertility puzzle. I always suggest that men get their sperm checked 8-12 months into trying to conceive — it’s a non-invasive test that can quickly rule out issues on the man’s side.
If that is where you are, or even if you’re not there yet in your journey to conception, here are 5 ways to make sure sperm stays healthy during these hot summer months:
- Boxer Are Better Than Briefs. The testicles are 7 degrees cooler than the rest of the body. Make sure those boys stay cool by sleeping in loose boxers or better yet, nude! You might just sleep better and it might just set the mood.
- Reduce Exposure to Heat and Radiation. Keep laptop computers off the lap, phones away from pockets, no hot tubs or saunas. Search for cooler waters and environments. Radiation and heat are know to cause damage or defects to sperm.
- Manage Your Stress. Increased stress can decrease sexual function and disrupt hormones needed to make healthy sperm. Acupuncture is great for stress management! So is yoga and meditation, or just moving that body on the daily.
- Live Clean. Increased alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use decrease sperm function, count, DNA and sexual function. Although summer time calls for more parties, barbecues and vacations, if you’re trying to conceive, it’s best to just say, “No thank you.” You’ll feel better, sleep better and end up a healthier version of yourself.
- Eat Clean. What you eat determines how well your body functions. Eating foods high in zinc and omega 3’s are great for keeping sperm health, improving function, if that is what you need. Think….Fatty fish, walnuts, oysters, pumpkin seeds, eggs, red meat, pork and poultry.
Remember it takes nearly 3 months to generate sperm, so don’t expect immediate results if you’re having troubles with count, motility and/or morphology. Here is a bonus: Keep those sperm moving! Banking sperm is an erroneous idea. Having intercourse or masturbating, if necessary, every 1-2 days maintains quality and viability of sperm, which increases chances of conception and decreases chances for infertility.
If you have any questions about male factor or Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine regarding sperm health and infertility, reach out, we are here for you. In the meantime, sow those wild oats.
Learn more from Inner Peace about Male Infertility here.