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Increase Your Sperm Count and Increase the Chance of Pregnancy

By Angela Reynolds

Infertility is a growing problem among couples trying to conceive, and often the problem lies with the man. A low sperm count can translate into infertility, especially in combination with other sperm abnormalities. Studies show that a combination of low sperm count and low motility of the sperm is the most common reason for infertility in men. When less sperm are present and the existing sperm swim slowly, studies show that there is little chance for conception.

When a man's semen has a low sperm count, his sperm has a much lower chance of fertilizing the egg. It only takes one sperm for fertilization, but that one sperm may the lucky one among millions. Decrease the number of sperm available, and the chance of conception falls. A low sperm count and low sperm motility can both be caused by poor diet, stress, or keeping the testicles at the wrong temperature. The good news is that there are ways to increase sperm count for a better chance at conception.

There is one simple way to increase sperm count, and anyone can do it. In order to create the ideal temperature for sperm creation, the testicles must not be too close to the body. For this reason, a man wanting to conceive is often advised to wear boxer shorts instead of the more confining briefs. This helps the testicles stay at a cooler temperature, which will keep more sperm alive. Keeping the testicles from environments that are too warm also means not taking hot baths and never getting into a hot tub.

Another way to increase sperm count and motility is to de-stress on a regular basis. Each day, set aside some time for relaxation. This may include yoga, meditation, or just sitting down with a good book. Reducing stress should help increase sperm count, making pregnancy more likely.

The nutritional factor in sperm abnormalities should not be overlooked. In order to have sperm with a normal motility, it is important to eat balanced meals made up of natural foods. A recent study by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine showed that eating whole foods (such as raw fruits and vegetables) on a daily basis can greatly impact the motility of the sperm and increase sperm count.

Other ways to increase sperm count including giving up smoking and alcohol, both of which can decrease the amount of sperm. With a healthy lifestyle, it is possible to reverse male infertility by increasing sperm count naturally. With a higher sperm count and better motility, conception is far more likely.
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