When we decided to start having children, we thought the process would be relatively easy. However, after a miscarriage and almost 10 months of trying again to conceive, we began to worry.
We weren’t sure if something was wrong with either of us. We began reading everything we could about trying to conceive. I was taking folic acid, a multivitamin, and trying to eat healthy and stay active.
Once I was taking the right steps toward conception, we started looking at what my husband could do to increase our chances of having a baby. Below are a few things we found out!
5 Things Every Man Should Know about Fertility
- Extra pounds can affect sperm quality. If your partner is overweight, it’s possible his sperm count is reduced. The additional weight can also cause the sperm to not be able to swim well, therefore making it difficult to reach the egg during ovulation.
- Exercise without overdoing it. Staying active can help men relieve stress and anxiety as well as avoid extra weight – all of which can affect fertility levels. However, you don’t want to exercise too much, as that can cause a lowered sperm count. One hour of exercise per day, 4-5 days per week should be sufficient!
- Stop smoking if you are TTC. Smoking affects a male’s sperm just as being overweight does. It can reduce the count and make it difficult for them to swim. Kick the habit now if you want to have a baby, since it takes about 3 months for this change to have an effect on the quality of sperm.
- Make sure your medications aren’t causing an issue. Some prescription medicines can negatively impact the amount or quality of a man’s sperm. Check with your doctor to see if there are any potential issues with your medication and fertility.
- You can increase your chances of conception at home. This last tip isn’t just for the men! Women need to know that there are ways to improve your TTC efforts without doctor’s appointments, shots, scans, or procedures.
So what can help assist your chances of getting pregnant?
The Stork OTC device is intended to help couples who have been having issues with conception due to low sperm count or sperm immobility. With this device, you can collect semen and deliver it right outside the cervix, in hopes it will fertilize the egg during ovulation.
The Stork OTC device can be purchased at CVS and it is located in the family planning section next to ovulation test kits! Plus there’s a special promotion going on at CVS for a limited time!
CVS ExtraBucks® – $30 ExtraBucks when you purchase 2 Stork OTC devices at CVS/pharmacy™ only through April 29th
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Join us on April 25th at 8pm EST for a fun Twitter party all about male fertility!
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Did you do anything to help with fertility when you were trying to conceive?