Friday, February 22, 2008
Sperm really counts
…Karen Springen, writing in Newsweek (Feb 25, 2008), says with the high cost of fertility treatments, increasingly, male infertility is becoming a focus.
…When a couple cannot conceive, as often as not the male is the problem.
…Anything that makes the body unhealthy affects fertility, according to one authority.
…Start with prescription drugs. SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac can be a problem. Beta blockers used for high blood pressure, alpha blockers (such as Flomax for prostate), ulcer drugs like Tagamet, and pain meds like oxycontin—all can reduce fertility.
…Likewise, men, quit using anabolilc steroids or testosterone creams or injections. They cut natural testosterone production.
…This is a toughie: You may not be having enough sex. You need to have more. From 10-18 days after the first day of the woman’s period, go to it.
…Our old bud obesity can also cut fertility. If your waist is more than 40 inches, uh-oh.
…Your doctor also could prescribe an anti-estrogen. They can also open up ducts and reverse vasectomies.
…And this one is easy: Keep the hydraulics cool. Boxers! Stay out of hot tubs, don’t rest your laptop on the equipment. Also: Don’t stay on your cell all the time. The evidence is sketchy—so far—but cell phones might not be great in this respect.
…Above all, be patient. And don’t forget that “have lots of sex” part.