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Baby Your Baby: Improving Male Fertility

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(KUTV) Fertility challenges can be devastating for couples trying to get pregnant. However, when addressing the problem, it’s important both women AND men check with their provider to see if simple changes can be made to improve their chances of getting pregnant.

A study, recently published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, shows sperm counts have dropped between 20-50 percent in the last 40 years.

“The troubling thing is we don’t know exactly why it’s happening. There’s no convincing evidence that it’s any one particular thing. I think it’s more likely a combination of so many different factors,” says Teryl Hunsaker, PA-C with Intermountain Budge Clinic in Logan.

Hunsaker says the decline in sperm count is not overly concerning when it comes to fertility.

“We start out with such a high sperm count, 50-million sperm is the average, and it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg,” says Hunsaker.

However, there are ways to improve male fertility. The most common is a healthy lifestyle. This means eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, avoiding drugs, and having a healthy sexual lifestyle.

“Sexually transmitted infections can certainly have a long lasting effect on sperm and sperm counts,” says Hunsaker.

Fortunately, simple changes can make a big difference when a couple is trying to get pregnant.

“The reality is, it’s often the man, and it’s often a reversible problem that can be fixed,” adds Hunsaker.


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