Did You Know That Everyday Items Can Affect Male Fertility? Fertility rates are decreasing at an alarming rate and everyday environmental factors could be the cause. Before it gets too late, take the initiative and go to see a fertility specialist. While the majority of cases of male infertility go unexplained there is definite link between our modern environment and infertility.
8 Everyday Environmental Factors That Affect Male Fertility:
It is hard to pin point the exact cause for the drop in sperm quality across the World. Plastic is one of the wonders of modern society and it’s ubiquitous in everyday life. Unfortunately, this very common material may be one of the factors that are negatively impacting male infertility.
Two of the most popular forms of plastic are bottles and food packaging. If you are trying to have a family then drink from a BPA free bottle and reduce the amount of food that you buy in plastic containers.
There are more cell phones than people on the planet. Our generation cannot live without our smartphones and there is an inextricable link between phones and fertility. According to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic, keeping your cell phone close to your testicles can be detrimental to your reproductive health.
“Men may be exposing their testicles to damaging radiofrequency electromagnetic waves”, explains Ashok Agarwal, PhD, head of the andrology laboratory and the director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Glickman Urologoical and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
If you do use a cell phone then try not to keep it in your pocket. Try use a bluetooth device and place your phone as far away from your balls as possible. When commuting, keep your phone in your bag to avoid exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic waves.
If you do keep your phone in your pocket then consider buying a cover that reduces the radiation from your phone.
Cell phones and laptops are here to stay but they could have an impact on your fertility. Laptops generate a lot of energy and resting your laptop on your lap can expose your testes to extreme heat. Just like with saunas, the extreme heat from your laptop may damage your testes and cause a decline in semen quality.
According to a recent study, the deodorant you use can affect your sperm count and reduce your fertility. Aluminium is a common ingredient in deodorant and it could be a major reason for the rise in male infertility. The study found that the higher the aluminium levels inside the individual sperm, the lower the sperm count.
If you are trying to have a family then consider switching to a deodorant that has no aluminium. This may increase your chances of increasing your sperm count.
A study from the Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction has shown the potential pathways of pesticide action on erectile function – A contributory factor in male infertility. Pesticides are responsible for decreasing testosterone concentration and are clearly contributing to the current fertility crisis.
If you are going through infertility then you should consider what you are eating. Try to source fruits and vegetables that are organic and pesticide free.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen are another environmental factor that could be contributing to the male infertility crisis. The proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has shown that ibuprofen may be linked with alteration of human testicular physiology.
Regular Ibuprofen use may lead to hypogonadism, a condition mostly seen in smokers and the elderly. Among other symptoms, hypogonadism may lead to infertility, erectile dysfunction, depression and loss of bone and muscle mass.
Scientists have found that chemicals in soap, toothpaste and many household items may be contributing to the alarming rates of male infertility. These chemicals are known as Endocrine disruptors.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.
Dr. Niels E. Skakkebaek, a professor at Copenhagen University Hospital has said that “exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function,”
The Western diet is high in sugar, processed meat, cheese and added fats. This poor quality diet has led to a an obesity epidemic and decreased fertility rates in the Western World. A recent study showed the association between Dietary Patterns and Semen Quality. The results showed that the Western diet is linked to poorer sperm concentration and can affect sperm morphology.
There are many environmental factors that may affect male fertility. Many of these are unavoidable but some are not. When I was going through infertility treatment, I searched for the cause of my unexplained infertility. I never found the answer but it could have been any of the factors that I have listed above.
If you want to have a family then look at your environment and see if there are any changes that you can make. Try avoiding some of the factors listed above. Maybe they are the reason that you do not have a family yet. Create an environment that increases your fertility as opposed to damaging it. Prevention is always better than cure.