It is no secret that our modern lifestyle and has wreaked havoc on our health. Sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise, desk jobs increased dependence on technology has literally broken our backs.What is scarier is that our reproductive system is one of the first casualties of our unhealthy habits.
Infertility in men due to decreased sperm count has become extremely common. Men as young as 25 are falling victim to fertility problems, thanks to modern lifestyles. Here are 10 everyday habits that are lowering your sperm count. We are all guilty of making these mistakes without even knowing what harm they are causing us.
Much as you would like to protect your skin from the tan, sunscreen has been linked to poor sperm quality in men. A 15-year study conducted by the Department of Growth and Reproduction at Rigshospitalet has found a link between exposure to chemicals in sunscreen and other cosmetics and low sperm quality. Sunscreen contains chemicals like BP-2 or 3OH-BP, which can interfere with hormones in men. Always make sure to wash off all sunscreen when indoors.Leaving it on forever will only make your skin unnecessarily absorb all the chemicals.
TOO MUCH ALCOHOL INTAKE
Yes, beware of downing too many shots in that party if you are trying to conceive. A study published in a medical journal suggested that drinking as many as five units of liquor could possibly affect the sperm quality in a man. Not only could it reduce the sperm count, but also lower the quality.
WEARING TIGHT PANTS UNDERWEAR ALL THE TIME
Again, anything that raises the temperature of your groin area, where the scrotum is situated, is bound to lower your sperm count. Wearing tight underwear should strictly be avoided as it heats up your testicles, harming your fertility in the long run.
WORKING WITH THE LAPTOP ON YOUR LAP
One of the most common habits almost every person who uses a laptop makes is to keep it on their lap.
The heat from the laptop directly affects the temperature of the testicles that are located outside the body only to keep them cool. And when we work with the overheated laptops on our laps, very close to the scrotum, we are doing nothing but burning away our possibility to have children one step at a time.
INCLUDING TOO MUCH SOY IN YOUR DIET
An excellent source of protein for vegetarians, soy is known to mimic estrogen in the body because of the presence of isoflavones in it. It is believed to increase the production of the female hormone in the body, thereby reducing the male hormone. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that sperm production was affected by even half a serving of soy in a day. Better cut down on that soy milk.
TAKING VERY HOT BATHS
As relaxing as they are, steaming hot baths can lower sperm count by heating up the testicles. The scrotum that contains testicles is situated out of the body because they need a temperature cooler than that of the body to function normally. Extra hot baths and steam rooms increase the temperature of the scrotum, thus lowering your sperm count.
NO ACTION IN BED
Yes, lack of action in bed leads to more inaction in bed. Studies have confirmed that lack of sex can lead to a lowered sperm count and problems in fertility. As they say, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.A good reason to keep the sex life going!
Smoking has been linked to low sperm motility (which basically means that sperm movement becomes slow) for quite some time now. A study at the University of Saarland, Germany, found that excess smoking increases the presence of free radicals in seminal fluid. Keep away from that tobacco.
LEADING A STRESSFUL LIFE
This is no surprise. Out of a hundred harmful effects on the body, lowering sperm count is one thing that stress is capable of causing. Everyday stress, over a period of time, causes an imbalance of hormones in the body, thereby affecting sperm health too.
LACK OF EXERCISE AND BEING OVERWEIGHT
A higher BMI increases the risk of development of many diseases in the body, including infertility. Obesity also increases the level of estrogen in the body, which directly affects the production of sperm. Extra layers of fat also raise the temperature of the body, especially the groin area, which again heats up the testicles.