A Man’s Guide to Conception
When a couple is trying to conceive, there’s a lot of talk about how a woman should prepare her body. But what about men? The reality is that getting pregnant is truly a team effort in every sense—from supporting each other to fertilizing an egg.
As the daddy-to-be, here are some things that you can do to help increase your chances of conception.
MAKE HEALTHY CHANGES
Your partner is eliminating alcohol, getting fit and sprucing up her diet, so you should too. It’s important to note that there are many factors that can affect the quality and quantity of sperm. To avoid issues such as low motility, consider making the following changes:
- Smoking, Drinking and Other Substances—Try your best to quit smoking. Even second-hand smoke is not good for mom or baby. You should try to stop at least 3 months prior to trying, as it takes a while for changes to make an impact.
- Illegal drugs are out of the question.
- You can continue to have a beer or two every day if you desire. It may be easier for your partner if you stand in solidarity with her and abstain from drinking for a while.
- Get Fit—Obesity has been linked to fertility issues in men. Work with your doctor to determine your ideal weight, and find a healthy way to get there. Work out, eat right, and get plenty of rest.
- Put Good Stuff In—It’s very important for a man to eat a well-balanced diet while trying to conceive. Studies show that poor nutrition has been linked to fertility issues. Make sure you are consuming plenty of nutrients and vitamins like zinc and plenty of foods with folic acid—it’s not just for women! Try adding spinach or kale to salads, sandwiches and fruit smoothies.
“Don’t be afraid to lean on your husband for support. He’ll be with you through it all!”
GET A PHYSICAL
While it’s important for a woman to get healthy before trying to conceive, it’s just as important for a man to get a health check up as well. Talk to your doctor about your plans. You will discuss your family’s medical history and other conditions that may affect the health of your baby. You will also go over the medications you may be taking to make sure they won’t hinder your ability to conceive.
KEEP THE TESTICLES COOL
It’s true—excessive heat is not good for sperm production. That means that hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms should be avoided.
Your overall wellbeing is dependent upon several things. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, limiting your stress, and finding time to enjoy with your partner. It’s not uncommon for women to feel stressed while trying to conceive, so when you are relaxing, encourage her to relax with you.
MAKE YOUR LOVE KNOWN
This is a time when the two of you are working to create something beautiful. Try and find ways to reassure her of your love and support, and this may help ease some of the stress of trying to conceive. You love her. Sometimes she may need a reminder. Big or small, show her in your own way.
CHECK YOUR FERTILITY
Infertility affects men and women equally. Sometimes it can be daunting or expensive to take a fertility test at your doctor’s office, so e.p.t™ has introduced the Male & Female Complete Home Fertility Kit. It is the only test on the market that includes a female fertility test and a male fertility test in one box. For men, this easy-to-use home test is intended to indicate if you have a normal or low sperm concentration. The test can be taken in the privacy of your own home. You can either produce a sample the old-fashioned way. Or you can use the condom included in the kit—after you have intercourse with your partner, collect the semen sample from inside the condom. Afterwards, you can share the results with your physician.