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11 Common Ways Men Damage Their Sperm Unknowingly.

1. Tight Under-pants

Wears boxers instead of tight pants or go to bed naked if you want to become a father. However, wearing tight under-wears like pants or shorts keep your testicles closers to your body, leading to warmer temperatures that may kill sperms and lower sperm count.

2. Hot baths

Bathing with hot water frequently exposes your testicles to heat, which reduces your sperm count. The same thing happens to men who use saunas often. In fact, if you're worried about infertility, it's best to bath with cold water. Avoid hot water baths!

3.infections

Some #Infections can block sperm production or passage, due to scaring. Infections of the testicles (e.g. mumps orchitis), sperm tube (epididymitis) & STI's like HIV and gonorrhoea can do this. Subsequent permanent damage to the testis may occur, leading to low infertility.

4.Varicoceles

Varicoceles (swelling of the testis veins) is a major cause of low sperm count & infertility in men. Sperm cells are very fragile. Varicoceles create abnormal temperature inside the testis which might kill some sperm or reduce sperm quality. Treat your varicoceles.

5. Laptops

An average laptop generates heat of up to 70°C during use, placing it directly on your laps can transfer some of that heat to your testis. Prolonged use may cause irreversible changes in your male reproductive function, therefore, use your laptop on a desk or table rather.

6. Drugs

Some common legal and illegal drugs affect sperm e.g.,

- blood pressure pills like Atenolol

- anti-inflammatory drugs like Sulfasalazine

- most anti-cancer drugs

- cocaine, and

- many herbal remedies like the herb Tripterygium wilfordii

See a doctor before taking drugs.

7. Mobiles phones

Heat & radiation from phones can damage sperm. Studies have shown that using a phone for as little as 1 hr a day 'cooks sperm'. Men are hence advised to keep their cell phones as far away from the testes as possible e.g. hold in your hand or back pocket instead of the front pocket.

8. Smoking

Analysis of smokers' semen shows the presence of tobacco in their sperm. This lowers sperm count & sperm ability to swim actively to fertilize a woman's egg. So smoking damages a man's sperm in such a way that fertilization becomes difficult. Avoid smoking!

9. Marijuana

Regular taking marijuana in any form can reduce your sperm count by as much as a one-third! Weed 🌿 lowers the level of testosterone, a hormone needed by the body to produce sperm. Weed also slows down sperm motility, beware of weed!

10. Steroids

A serious issue nowadays is some guys take steroids to build muscles, steroids harm sperm by making the testicles believe there's enough testosterone in the body, so they should completely relax. This leads to reduced sperm production & male infertility. Stop steroid abuse!

11.

Too much of alcohol use can lower testosterone levels and cause decreased sperm production.

 

CC: First Doctor

 

 

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