While typically it is thought that the woman alone needs to alter her lifestyle for preconception, it is just as important for a man to think about how his overall health can play a role. So men, take our quiz to see how prepared you are for a healthy conception. Answer honestly! [Print out your answers and bring it to your next doctor visit]
Does your diet consist of a variety of organic fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, and nutritious proteins such as seafood and eggs, or vegetarian alternatives?
Eating a healthy and organic diet may be extremely beneficial for total sperm count and sperm health. In fact, a major study conducted by Harvard University and released in 2015 found that men who consumed non-organic fruits & vegetables suffered from reduced sperm count (up to 32% lower!). Modifying your diet to include organic fruits and vegetables is an easy first step which may help to maximize sperm health.
Do you partake in some form of cardiovascular exercise for 20-30 minutes a day?
Exercise is extremely important for maximizing overall health. As a result, it’s not surprising that staying in shape via regular sports activity can help improve your total sperm count! Speak with your doctor today to see what type of exercise would be the most effective for you.
Have you limited your intake of alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and illicit drug?
Limiting or completely removing toxins such as alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs may significantly help improve your chance to conceive.
Have you altered lifestyle routines for more than the past 90 days, such as opting for a warm shower instead of the sauna or Jacuzzi to relax muscles after a workout?
While it may seem strange, evidence exists that exposure to saunas for just 15 minutes two times per week can cause strong impairment of sperm count and motility1. Begin altering your lifestyle routines to help make sure you are physically ready to improve your fertility.
Have you modified your clothing choices to ensure loose fitting and non-constricting options?
This may seem like another odd question, but science shows that wearing constricting or tight underclothing may reduce semen quality in men. Try swapping out those “tighty whities” for boxer brief or boxers to see if this change may help you.
Have you recently visited the doctor to discuss your medical history, overall health, and any current medications you may be on?
Make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your upcoming pregnancy plans. Certain medical conditions and prescription medications may interfere with fertility.
Do you limit the amounts of mental stress in your life?
Everyone has stressors that they have to deal with on a daily basis, such as from work, school, money, or family-related issues. The unfortunate reality however is that stress can cause your sperm and testosterone levels to be reduced. Aim to limit exposure to stress within your life as much as possible.
Have you discussed key vitamins and/or supplements you might need to be taking for optimal sperm health with your physician?
Speak with your primary care physician about ProxeedPlus® to gain insight into the array of vitamins, minerals, and dietary ingredients contained within it. You can also learn more about each ingredient here.
How Prepared Are You?
Congratulations, you've taken 6-8 positive steps toward pregnancy preparation! All systems a go! You have been planning properly for preconception and altering your lifestyle accordingly. Chances are you're headed to the doctor for a preconception check-up so you'll want to print out a medical checklist to help start a discussion with your doctor which is available here. Ask your physician if you're a good candidate for taking a supplement like Proxeed® Plus, a clinically-supported nutritional supplement developed to help optimize the health and quality of spermǂ.
You've taken only 3-5 out of 8 healthy steps toward preparing for pregnancy... You need a jump start! For starters, go here for a list of lifestyle and dietary changes to help improve your overall health. You'll find that in just 90 days, you have done much to ensure your body is in its best condition for a healthy conception by incorporating some dietary and lifestyle changes, such as a better diet and regular exercise. Consider Proxeed® Plus, a clinically-supported nutritional supplement developed to help optimize the health and quality of sperm, to give support to your reproductive healthǂ. In addition, click here to print out a medical checklist to fill out and bring to your preconception check-up. Yes, you need to get a check-up!
You've taken less than 3 moves towards prepping for pregnancy... Your heart may be willing but your body needs a little more time before trying to conceive. No worries. New sperm are created every 90 days so you can take the proper steps, better diet, and regular exercise to ensure your body is in its best condition for a healthy conception. Consider a supplement like Proxeed® Plus, a clinically-supported nutritional supplement developed to help optimize the health and quality of spermǂ, in addition to incorporating essential lifestyle and dietary changes which will help support your overall health. Tips for these changes can be found here. In addition, click here to print out a medical checklist to fill out and bring to your preconception check-up. Yes, you need to get a check-up!