Achieving and maintaining optimal sperm quality can feel like a complex puzzle, with many pieces contributing to the entire picture. While a man's sperm quality is largely determined genetically, many other factors play a significant role. At Donor-Network, we provide the best practices to boost sperm health and fertility potential.
Time Since Last Ejaculation: The longer you abstain from ejaculation, the more your sperm concentration increases. Therefore, we recommend a period of abstinence before submitting a semen sample. Don't stress – we will help you prioritise the shortest breaks possible between donations.
Diet and Exercise: Men with a healthy, diverse diet typically have better sperm quality than those with a less balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants have been proven to enhance sperm health. Regular physical activity has also been proven to boost sperm quality. That said, too much high-intensity exercise could have the opposite effect.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs: These substances can negatively affect sperm quality. Heavy smokers, in particular, can experience significantly reduced sperm health. Drugs, especially marijuana, and excessive alcohol consumption can damage sperm cells. Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake can increase sperm quality.
Heat Exposure: Prolonged heat exposure can reduce sperm quality. For example, having a fever or recovering from a feverish illness can impact sperm health. To optimize sperm quality, avoid overly tight pants, saunas, hot tubs, and resting your laptop directly on your lap.
Remember, your sperm quality can fluctuate over time. Our team at Donor-Network provides you with an updated report showcasing trends and insights regarding your sperm health. This way, you can stay informed and take the proactive steps necessary to improve your sperm quality.