Obesity Can Hurt Male Fertility

A new study by researchers in India is showing that obesity can hurt male fertility.  Researchers at a fertility center in India analyzed sperm samples from over 1200 men and found that men who were obese (body mass index greater than 30) had lower semen volumes, lower sperm counts, lower sperm motility, and a higher percentage of abnormally shaped sperm.  …

Quiet bedroom= stronger sperm

Last week Dr Amin blogged here that a new analysis published in the journal, Human Reproduction Update, is showing that the sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have markedly declined in the past 40 years.

If you or your partner has a marginal sperm count, here is something simple that could make a …

Caffeine May Affect Male Fertility

A new study is showing that excessive caffeine intake may affect male fertility.  The study by Italian researchers, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that increased caffeine intake may affect male reproductive function, possibly through sperm DNA damage.

The study compiled data from approximately 20,000 males involved in 28 previous research studies that looked at the relationship between male coffee/caffeine …

Male Fertility Testing At Home

A new smartphone device may allow men to test their fertility at home.  Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School are developing a smartphone accessory and app that can determine sperm count and motility with reported accuracy of up to 98%.

The test comes in the form of a disposable kit that uses hardware and software technology.  …

What Men Can Do to Improve Their Fertility

A new study found that eating walnuts may improve sperm quality.  This animal study on mice supports a previous 2012 study, which showed that men who added 75 gram (2.5 ounces) of walnuts per day to their diets had improved sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared to men who did not.  The benefits of walnuts likely comes from the high …

Prescription Medications Can Adversely Affect Male Fertility

Prescription medications can adversely affect male fertility.

Researchers at Stanford determined that certain classes of antihypertensive medications have a deleterious effect on male fertility. Using a national database of insurance claims filed in the US for patients with employer-provided coverage, they extracted data on men who had taken antihypertensive drugs, whose diagnosis or treatment codes suggested infertility. They compared the …

Correlation Found Between Heavy Cellphone Use and Male Infertility

The bottom line: Don’t talk on your mobile while it’s charging and never use it within 50cm of your groin and you shouldn’t keep your cellphone in your pants pocket.

A groundbreaking study done in Israel, albeit on a very small sample group, has found a stark correlation between sperm abnormalities and cellphone use. The main dangers are using it …

Focusing on male fertility

An article on the impact on male fertility on slate.com draws attention to the increasing male factor in infertile couples.

Male fertility is a new epidemic, at least if you’ve seen the news coverage. This burgeoning crisis seems to be related to the effects of age, inspiring headlines such as: “Men Also Suffer Age-Related Infertility,” “Too Old to Be a …

The Decline in Male Fertility

I have been noticing it for the past ten years: the sperm parameters in otherwise healthy men have been declining. In fact, the World Health Organization recently downgraded the normal values for a semen analysis.

An article in the July 16th edition of the Wall Street Journal reports on the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual conference …

Exercise can increase sperm counts

According to an article in USA Today, healthy young men who watch a lot of TV and those who skimp on exercise have lower concentrations of sperm in their semen than guys who watch less and move more, a new study finds.

The study is small and does not prove cause and effect. But it adds to evidence that …