7 Things Your Partner Might Want to Avoid When You’re Trying to Conceive

7 Things Your Partner Might Want to Avoid When You're Trying to ConceiveMy husband and I have been trying to conceive our 4th child for 13 months now. When I first noticed that this was taking longer than it probably should, we headed to the doctor to discuss plans.

I had been charting for almost a year before and saw that there was certainly a pattern where I may be the reason we weren’t getting pregnant. My doctor is very thorough so he made sure we covered all the bases in the initial appointment.

For me, it was easy to naturally assume that the reason we weren’t getting pregnant was something to do with my fertility, but that’s not always the case. According to the MayoClinic, 1 third of all fertility issues are a result of male-factor infertility. That’s a big number to at least look at the big picture.

There are many factors for male infertility and there have been a lot of studies to show what may affect sperm count and mobility — with some confusing results. When dealing with infertility, some may want to try all their options and some things could contribute to male-factor infertility.

Click through and see 7 things your partner might want to avoid when you’re trying to conceive:

  • Too Much Cell Phone Use 1 of 7
    Too Much Cell Phone Use
    In a study reported by Cleveland, the researchers found, "a strong correlation was seen between sperm count, motility, viability, normal morphology, and pH; motility and viability were almost perfectly correlated. Semen analysis in the four cell phone user groups showed a decrease in sperm count, motility, viability, and normal morphology with the increase in daily use of cell phone."
    While I don't think the normal every day use of cell phones is a huge concern, this study makes me wondering how much is too much?
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  • Dangerous Environmental Factors 2 of 7
    Dangerous Environmental Factors
    There are a lot of dangerous toxins around us and when it comes to fertility, they can have a big impact. According to American Pregnancy, toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides can "have an adverse effect on sperm".
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  • Hot Baths 3 of 7
    Hot Baths
    In 2007, a study was published by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco which showed, "Sperm counts in five of 11 men with fertility problems soared by 491% after they stopped having baths or using the hot tub for a few months" all due to overheating. Reducing the time of your hot bath or the amount of times you take one can have positive benefits to fertility.
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  • Briefs 4 of 7
    Many of us have heard that if you're trying to conceive your man should switch from briefs to boxers. According to WebMD, that common believe may hold true. Overheating is the cause and as explained by Celia E. Dominguez, reproductive endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, "if the testes are too hot -- several degrees above where they should be -- they are not able to produce sufficient sperm, resulting in low sperm count."
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  • Competitive Cycling 5 of 7
    Competitive Cycling
    We all can agree that exercise is good for the body, but is the wrong exercise and too much of it going to negatively affect your husband's fertility? According to a study published by the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, the cyclists in their study had a significantly lower proportion of 'normal' sperm.
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  • Waiting Too Long 6 of 7
    Waiting Too Long
    We've all heard that fertility starts fading for women after 35 years old, but the there is truth for that with men too. In a study published in the Oxford Journals for Human Reproduction, "semen volume and sperm motility decreased continuously between 22—80 years of age, with no evidence of a threshold." Waiting too long for a family may make it harder to conceive in the timeline you want.
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  • Obesity / Weight Gain 7 of 7
    Obesity / Weight Gain
    Overall health plays a big roll in fertility for both men and women. In a study reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2010, "among the more than 2,000 men in the current study, obese men between the ages of 20 and 30 generally had a lower sperm count than normal-weight men in the same age group." Being at a healthy weight may increase your chances of conception -- and yes our partner's weight matters too.
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