Even men are not immune to the ravages of age. They should expect a deterioration in sperm quality and quantity starting at around the ages of 35 to 40.
Keep reading for more shocking things that cause infertility… but don’t rely on any of them as a method of birth control — that would be risky in the extreme!
2. Hot Tubs
- Body washes
- Hair spray
- Shaving cream
- Nail Polish
- Food packaging
5. Being Underweight
An obsession with being thin could be more than unhealthy — it may also impact your fertility. According to one study of women undergoing IVF treatment, “being skinny may be worse for fertility than being fat.” Women who want to get pregnant were advised to get as close to their ideal weight as possible — avoiding being either over or underweight.
6. Being Overweight
- In men — reducing sperm quantity and quality
- In women — increasing estrogen production — which has a similar effect to being on birth control
- In Women — Smoking may accelerate egg loss, cause early menopause, reduce estrogen production, and increase the risk of miscarriage
- In Men — Smoking reduces sperm count, and increases sperm abnormalities
And smoking marijuana may not be much better. According to one study, “the sperm for marijuana smokers were moving too fast too early” resulting in burn-out before the sperm were able to reach an egg.
- In men — Excess alcohol lowers testosterone, sperm numbers, and sperm quality — not to mention libido
- In women — Even light drinking can reduce fertility, with heavy drinking having more of an impact
10. Strenuous Exercise
While moderate exercise may improve your fertility — especially if you are overweight or obese — too much exercise lowers fertility in women of normal weight. In one study, strenuous exercise — like running, fast cycling, gymnastics, or swimming more than 5 hours a week — made it harder for women to conceive. Such vigorous exercise could potentially:
- Disrupt your monthly cycle — leading to a lack of ovulation and menstruation
- Disturb implantation of a fertilized egg
In men, excessive exercise might lower sperm counts by reducing testosterone levels.
Exercise is still important — just do it in moderation!
Even if you’ve gone ahead and got yourself a BPA free water bottle you’re probably still being exposed to this chemical one way or another. And that’s not good news for your fertility. BPA has been linked to infertility, sperm damage, miscarriage, heart disease, obesity, and more.
One surprising source — BPA-coated receipts, which can transfer the chemical from the paper to your skin in just seconds. From there it can be absorbed into your body through your skin, or passed from your hands to your mouth. What you can do — say no to the receipt, or wash your hands after receiving one.
Other sources of BPA:
- Canned foods
- Microwaving plastic containers
- Water from plastic bottles left in the car
14. Contaminated Fish
Fish can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet — but not if it’s contaminated with environmental toxins! One group of toxins are PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls). They are long since banned, but their effects linger in contaminated fish. Unfortunately, eating affected fish — usually larger predator fish high up the food chain, and bottom-feeders — can lower sperm count and quality. Female fertility is also affected.
Aside from being extremely annoying and uncomfortable, catching an STD could make you infertile. Always practice safe sex! According to the CDC, chlamydia and gonorrhea are preventable causes of infertility. Up to 10-15% of women who have chlamydia end up developing PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). PID often has no symptoms — but can result in permanent damage to the reproductive tract. The CDC is recommending annual chlamydia screening for at-risk women — including all sexually active women who are 25 or younger.
Burpees are a great way to start out any at home work out. They get your heart rate up and ensure a higher calorie burn for much of the anaerobic exercise you’ll be getting. Start out squatted on the floor with your hands flat in front of you then rocket your legs out into a push up position as fast as you can. Then quickly return to a squat position and jump into the air and reach for the sky as fast as you can then repeat.
Source: Fitness Frenzie
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