Oligospermia: it isn't some Greek demi-god you forgot about when you were cramming for your Mythology 110 final at your liberal arts college. Oligospermia is simply a fancy doctor word for low sperm count. Your sperm count is considered lower than normal if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per millimeter of semen. 15 million, you say? Sounds like more than plenty to me. But anything less than 15 million per millimeter can decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
Speaking of myths and mythology, I'm sure we've all heard the tales about Mountain Dew causing low sperm count. While I am sure soda isn't the healthiest of drink choices, my Taco Bell Baja Blast fans can sleep well at night knowing their favorite drink isn't leading to infertility. There are many other myths about the causes of low sperm count, but what are the actual factors, and how do we combat them? Lucky for you, Popstar is back with the tips (and not just the tip) on simple ways to keep your sperm count high!
Take your Vitamins
If you grew up like me, I'm sure you remember taking Flintstones chewable vitamins. As children, we may outgrow clothes or the need for a nightlight, but we never outgrow the need for nutrients. That is why taking a men's multivitamin is vital for your overall health and plays an integral role in sperm production. For example, low zinc and vitamin C levels can cause sperm to clump together. Zinc and vitamin C can help with sperm count and motility as well. Therefore, if you are experiencing oligospermia or having difficulty conceiving, it may be a vitamin deficiency. A men's multi is a simple solve!
Sperm that is. Those commercials weren't kidding. Smoking may look chic, and once in a while, you may want to have your Carrie Bradshaw moment, but smoking is a major no-no in sperm production. Studies show that men who smoke cigarettes have a lower semen volume and sperm count. If you are a smoker, there is a menagerie of reasons to quit, especially if you are looking to conceive. Remember, even Carrie quit eventually.
Beat the Heat
There are many environmental causes of low sperm count, but overheating is perhaps the easiest to avoid. Elevated temperatures inhibit sperm production, function, and motility. Avoid boiling your balls in a sauna or hot tub, as frequent use can impair sperm count. Tight clothing can also cause Oligospermia. Tight clothing holds your testicles closer to your body, raising their temperature, making it less than ideal for production. Therefore, wearing the right underwear is essential. Making sure there is ample room in your pouch for your jewels to jingle. There is also underwear made with cooling fabric to keep a cool breeze between your knees. For more information on picking the right underwear, check out our article on Boxers vs. Briefs.
Using a laptop computer can overheat your cojones as well. So for those of us that work long hours on a laptop, try putting a pillow between your lap and the computer. Better yet, invest in a standing desk. Studies show that people who used standing desks reported less stress and fatigue and increased productivity. A standing desk is a win/win; there is no limit to what you can achieve, and your balls get to breathe!
Morale is High. Sperm count is Higher!
If you are experiencing oOligospermia, there are simple lifestyle changes that can significantly improve your sperm count situation. With a new year, we want to ensure we care for ourselves. Implement these small practices, and you too can have a sperm count as high as the hair on Dolly Parton's head!