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Struggling to conceive? Stay away from the sauna

by , 27 March 2013

Sitting in front of the TV for hours on end has a bad reputation as it's linked with laziness. For one thing, eating in front of the TV means you're keeping your lap warm. And in men, this has been found to lower their sperm count. Now, even the gym bunnies are at risk of lowering their sperm counts - it depends on whether you regularly use saunas or not! Luckily, there are ways to increase your sperm count…

Are you a gym bunny?
 
There’s nothing better than putting your muscles to work and watching a toned version of yourself emerge.
 
Even better is to sit in the sauna and feel your worries melt away.
 
But men who spent just 15 minutes in a sauna twice a week for three months had lower sperm counts than at the start, says the Daily Mail.
 
The reason? 
 
It’s the same reason men who sit with a plate of hot food or laptops on their laps have lower sperm count - saunas raise the temperature of the scrotum by 3C, and this rise in temperature damages the sperm.
 
This affects fertility as the sperm struggles to swim to the egg. 
 
That’s why you should wear loose, cotton boxer shorts, and avoid hot baths and saunas if you’re worried about conceiving, says AyurvedicCure.
 
And if you’re a smoker, you’ll have even less chance of conceiving, as changes take place in the sperm, says FSP Health.
 
But you can improve your sperm count and the quality of your sperm…
 
All you need to do is avoid alcohol and eat two of the more popular aphrodisiacs.
 
That’s because alcohol affects your liver function, which, in turn, causes a dramatic rise in oestrogen levels. “Even two drinks a day will have long-term effects on sperm production”, adds AyurvedicCure.
 
And chocolates and oysters are both high in zinc, which helps with sperm production, writes the Miami NewTimes website.
 
If you’re still struggling to conceive, change the time of day that you’re most sexually active! 
 
Sperm levels are often highest in the mornings, confirms AyurvedicCure.
 
There you have it. Easy, natural ways to increase the quality and quantity of your sperm if you’re trying to conceive.
 
 



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