Factors that affect sperm quality Factors that affect sperm quality

Factors that affect sperm quality

Current living 20 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Fertility problems in men can begin after age 35. In order to prevent some of these problems, learn about what causes them.

According to the Colombian Association of Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, age is what most influences sperm quality. While normally each ejaculation contains 39 million sperm, this amount decreases over time.

One factor that can cause problems in the reproduction process is being overweight. According to the association, this is because the fatty tissue absorbs the testosterone, the hormone responsible for stimulating the testicle to form sperm. This results in sperm that is slower, of a lower quality and that is poorly shaped.

Another important factor is the chemicals found in the environment and in other personal hygiene products. “The recurrent use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and disinfectants in open spaces can interfere with fertility,” the association states on its website.

What can be done to improve sperm?

As the British Medical Journal explains, having more than three sexual encounters a week can hinder the reproductive process. The testicles do not have an infinite ability to produce sperm, which is why frequent ejaculations can reduce sperm quality.

It is also important to avoid alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol affects the production of testosterone, the hormone necessary for producing healthy sperm, while tobacco breaks down the sperm’s DNA due to its nicotine content.

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