Male Fertility Myths
In honor of Male Fertility Month, the reproductive specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine debunk common myths about male infertility. We’re sure you’ve heard them all, so we want to set the record straight to keep you focused on the things that actually will affect your fertility.
- Infertility is due to the female partner. About 35-40% of infertile couples have an infertile male partner. It’s important to remember that it is no one’s fault, and most infertility issues can be treated with the help of an experienced fertility doctor.
- Men can conceive at any age. Studies have shown that when the male is over 40, there is a slightly higher risk of miscarriage or chromosomal abnormalities. Consider fertility preservation if you are waiting to conceive later in life.
- Having more sex will help you conceive. This is only true if you time it correctly. Your partner can only get pregnant when she is ovulating, so have intercourse every other day during her most fertile window.
- You can continue your regular routine while trying to conceive. This will depend on your “regular” routine. If you are actively trying to conceive, you should avoid hot tubs and saunas as that can drastically increase your temperature and disrupt sperm count. You should also avoid keeping laptops on your lap as well as taking long distance bicycle rides because these activities can cause overheating.
- Lubricants should speed up sperm. On the contrary, many lubricants on the market today can interfere with sperm motility. Consult your doctor for safer alternatives.
- You cannot be overweight. While being obese can affect sperm production, many men don’t realize that being underweight also affects your fertility. So try to maintain a BMI in the “normal” range.
- You’re not getting pregnant because you aren’t relaxed. While extreme stress can take a toll on your overall health, everyday stressors shouldn’t affect your fertility. But if you are truly infertile, even relaxing won’t help. It’s a condition that requires medical treatment.
We hope that these facts help you on your conception journey. If you remain unsuccessful after one year, visit one of our infertility centers in the Orlando area.