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Don’t Overlook Male Infertility and Low Sperm Count

Ready to start a family, fellas?

Every man has to realize when wanting to start a family that they need to do everything in their power to be a team with their partner. When your partner is down – pick them up; when they are sad – make them laugh, and; when they need love – show them extra love and support as a reminder as to why they chose you. Remember how they like to be loved as well; just because you like certain things and ways to be loved, she may need other things that make her feel love.

At any time in a relationship when you are both ready to take the next step and want to start a family, it is an exciting time and always will be. How long will it take to conceive? Is she ready? Am I ready? Boy or Girl? Twins? 

OMG! No one is ready to hear that “they cannot” or that “they are having problems” trying to conceive.

Experiencing a bump in the road caused by any infertility issue is challenging. It can be a tough pill to swallow for the individual experiencing the infertility issue, male or female. Societal norms have programmed many men to think that there is something less ‘manly’ when they cannot conceive due to male infertility. However, research indicates that around 1 in 3 couples struggling to get pregnant are struggling due to low sperm count. So, if you are dealing with male infertility, you are not alone.

Causes of Male Infertility

If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, do not overlook male fertility testing. Even if you already had a child, the likelihood of male infertility problems increases as you age. Did you change your diet, exercise routine, have an injury, or just a time gap since your last child?

Do not assume it is the woman: be a man and ask a doctor to test your sperm count. 

Simple, right?! 

Are you willing to man up? Are you willing to ask yourself if it is you? 

If you answered yes, congratulations, you are ready to be a man and start a family. There is no shame in ruling out every possibility. If it is male infertility due to low sperm count, you need to take action!


I will layout some serious facts: The average sperm count is between 120 and 350 milliliters. Low sperm count is below 15 milliliters. Low sperm counts or poor sperm mobility may be due to:

  • Environmental toxins such as chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Drug use
  • Heavy metal exposure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Pollution
  • Heat

Heat?! 

Yes, extended elevated temperatures can suppress sperm count. When planning to conceive, or if you already asked the question and know that your sperm count is low, avoid the following:

  • Hot baths
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Tight-fitting underwear that constricts the testes and can elevate temperatures long enough to suppress sperm production

Whoa! That is a lot of information, but it is true. How many fit your lifestyle now? Take action and make adjustments if needed!

How to Improve Sperm Count and Increase Male Fertility

So is it you?

If it is, do not be ashamed. You have already taken the necessary first step. You have already shown your spouse that you are not trying to put the sole focus on her infertility issues and that you are willing to do your part. You have proven your undivided attention, support, and unconditional love. You have taken a critical step towards building the foundation required to start a healthy pregnancy journey that will lead to a growing, loving family.

What do you do now?

There is tons of help out there for you, but you should always start by seeing a doctor to diagnose and treat your male infertility. 

It is also critically important to communicate with your partner. Let her know what is going on and be open; this is the time to put yourself out there and ask for help, comfort, or just have her listen. Maybe even ask your family members if they have fertility problems and how they approached it. Ask, and you shall receive.

Are you healthy and getting regular exercise?

Nutrition and exercise can play a vital role in increasing your sperm count and male fertility. 

When dealing with male infertility, exercise is a great way to have some “me” time, get fresh air, and relieve that stress of life. Your definition of exercise may differ from your neighbor’s, and that is ok; just move. Get the blood flowing and the oxygen into those lungs!

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, regular exercise (five times a week for at least 45 minutes) and a healthy diet enhance fertility by keeping body weight at normal levels and relieving stress and anxiety. Excessive amounts of exercise (marathon running and associated training) can cause infertility because it can lead to amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) in women and a lowered sperm count in men.


Infertility or not, conceiving is stressful enough. When we wanted to start a family, I thought this is it, the first time it will happen. Not a chance. Second? Nope! After a few months of trying and wondering if we would have fertility issues, but it finally happened. However, I tried to pay attention to my body within those months, what I would eat, and how I would exercise. Six days a week of almost 2 hours a day in the gym, I felt it was too much for my body, so I cut back a day and an hour a day. I am not saying that this was the key to our first pregnancy. I am saying this is what may have worked for us. The point is, I was willing to try and do whatever it took to have a baby! I just knew I could not sit down and wait. I knew I had to take action.

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