Male Fertility and Weight Issues
Male fertility can also be affected by weight issues. Men who are overweight appear to be at risk for low sperm count and motility problems. This is because extra layers of body fat can surround the testicles, raising their temperature above 96 degrees. Even this slight increase in temperature can cause sperm to die or it could result in lowered spem production.
Men who are underweight are also at risk for fertility issues. Men who overexercise could also increase the temperature of their testicles, killing their sperm. Men who are underweight also tend to have lower sperm counts and poor motility and morphology.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
If you are worried that your weight may be impacting upon your fertility, it is important to speak with your health care provider or your reproductive endocrinologist. She can help to determine if weight is playing a role in your fertility issues.
Here are some tips to help you to maintain a healthy weight when you are trying to conceive.
- Exercise regularly. Try to exercise thirty minutes and day, three times a week. Don't overexercise though, as this can contribute to further fertility problems.
- Watch your diet. Maintain a healthy balance of all of the food groups and be sure you are getting enough calories for your body size and shape. Feel free to indulge now and again, just don't do it all of the time.
- Drink lots of water. Water will help you to stay hydrated and balance your weight.
- Get counseling if you are suffering from an eating disorder.