28-year-old Rajesh from Mumbai had a great career; he was climbing up the corporate ladder at an alarming pace. He also had an active social life outside work. A few years went by, and Rajesh married his long time girlfriend Radhika. Happy with both his work and relationships, he had nothing he could complain about. But even after one year of unprotected sex, the couple was unable to conceive. So they decided to visit a fertility expert and get tested. That’s when they found out about certain everyday habits that led to infertility in them.
What happened with them was very unfortunate and nobody should go through what they had suffered. So we decided to highlight some everyday habits that you should take care of to prevent infertility, especially in men.
1. Excessive use of laptops
While a laptop may be your go-to device for everything from ordering a meal to earning your salary, scientists have said that keeping a laptop on your thighs can affect your sperm quality and make you infertile. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests that ejaculated sperm (of men working with a laptop) was significantly damaged.
2. Uncontrolled obesity
The list of diseases linked to obesity is long. It is also the leading cause of infertility in both men and women. In men, it can affect the sperm count and in women, it makes miscarriages likelier and also interferes with their menstrual cycle. If you are obese, it is important that you fight the condition and get back in great shape. It may take months of hard work, but will keep you happy for years after. Not only will it make you healthier, it will be great for your self confidence too!
3. Persistent smoking
Like obesity, the list of diseases linked to smoking is long. Its harmful effects are well publicized and are prominent in public consciousness. A report by the British Medical Association showed that smokers may have up to a 10-40 percent lower monthly fecundity (a.k.a. fertility) rate. However, smokers continue smoking thinking it wouldn’t happen to them.
4. High usage of Triclosan soaps and deodorants
A common antibacterial and antifungal ingredient called triclosan has been linked to infertility and other hormonal conditions in its users. There’s also enough evidence to suggest that the compound doesn’t have greater efficacy than regular soap which would mean it would be a good idea to check your soap and deodorant ingredients the next time you’re at the supermarket!
5. Over-tight underwear
While ripped men in tight underwear may send the estrogen levels soaring, there’s enough evidence to suggest that they’re not good for their sperm! The logic behind it is simple – your scrotum is a little below your body because it needs to be cooler than the rest of you but tight underwear raises the temperature which affects sperm production. Even though certain studies have debunked this theory, it is better to be safe than sorry!
6. Soya Rich Food Items
Soybean is a rich source of protein, and is great for your health but scientists have found a link between soya-rich diets and lower sperm counts. While it is not something that you should completely avoid if you have a healthy sperm count, it is definitely something that you should not make a staple in your diet.
7. Radiation from mobile phones
Mobile phones have become just as important as clothes and food in today’s day and age. And, even though scientists are still arguing if mobile phones can make you infertile, you should not keep them too close to your groin area as radiation can affect the quality of your sperm.
8. Overeating sweets
Sweets are omnipresent in our country and distributed with joy at every religious festival or happy occasion but eating too many of them is bad for your sperm. The reason for this is while there’s a spike in insulin when you consume sweets, and once the sugar high is gone you feel drained and exhausted. To counter that, our adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol which if stimulated too often can lead to a miscommunication with your endocrine system. Hence, it is definitely not good for fertility.