|Don't have intercourse more than three times a week. More frequent intercourse may
reduce the number of viable sperm in the semen. |
|Time intercourse to coincide with ovulation, which usually occurs midway between
menstrual periods. |
|After intercourse, spend ten to fifteen minutes quietly in each other's arms before
getting up. |
|If it has been determined that the female partner's body is producing antibodies that
are damaging or destroying sperm, the male partner should use a condom for six months.
With no contact with the antigen-the sperm- the antibodies the woman's body produces may
be lulled into inactivity. After this rest period, time intercourse (without a condom) to
coincide with ovulation. |
|Exercise regularly but moderately. Maintaining a high level of physical fitness
increases the possibility of conception. For both men and women, the ability to reproduce
is dependent on a healthy body. Avoid excessive exercise, however.|
|Infertility itself can be extremely stressful, but as much as possible, do try to avoid
stress. Stressing your body with intensive exercise can cause a decrease in fertility.
Mental and emotional stress have the same impact. Try to eliminate the stress in your life
as much as possible. |
|Avoid tobacco and alcohol. In men, both smoking and alcohol consumption have been shown
to lower sperm count. |
|A man should not wear underwear that holds his testicles close to his body. Sperm
require cool temperatures to remain active. Loose-fitting boxer shorts made of a natural,
breathable fiber such as cotton permit air to circulate and help keep the temperature
within your testicles down. For the same reason, a man wishing to become a father should
avoid hot baths, hot tubs, jacuzzis, saunas, and steam baths. These indulgences may reduce
stress and create a sensual mood, but they can also reduce your ability to impregnate your
|Do not take any drugs except those prescribed by your physician.|
|A balanced diet is important. Do not consume animal fats, fried foods, sugar, or junk
foods. Do eat pumpkin seeds, bee pollen, or royal jelly. |
Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic
reaction in some people. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash,
wheezing, discomfort, or other symptom occurs.
|Eating, half a dozen oysters, lean red meat, and crab may help. They all contain a high
level of zinc, which is essential for motility and production of sperm. Alternatively,
take 5rng of zinc per foot of height before sleep at night. |
|Follow the recommendation for the diet given
|The ulcer medications cimetidine (Tagamet) and ranitidine (Zantac) may decrease sperm
count and even produce impotence. |
|Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet has enabled some previously sterile men to become
|If you have any suspicion you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, see
your doctor promptly so that treatment, if necessary, can be begun in a timely fashion. |
See Also: Commonsense Remedies - Female
Stress and Infertility
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