Male Fertility IQ

With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought it might be fun to explore the myths and facts of male fertility!   Test your male fertility IQ and have fun!


Q: How long does sperm live in a woman’s body?

A: Sperm can live up to 3 days inside a woman’s body.  So, if you have sex a few days before you ovulate, you can still become pregnant because the sperm is just hanging around!


Q: Does a man’s age affect his fertility?

A: Yes!  Sperm count and quality declines with age, especially after 40.


Q:  Does smoking cigarettes impact fertility?

A:  It definitely can.  Long term smoking has been linked to low sperm counts and sluggish motility.


Q:  Can bike riding increase the risk of infertility?

A:  Yes and no…..  It has been found that strenuous bike riding on narrow seats can damage the testicles and impact sperm health.  However, recreational riding on a wide seat is a great way to stay in shape and get some exercise!


Q:  Do cancer treatments impact male fertility?

A:  Yes, you may want to look at freezing sperm for future use.


Q:  Are hot tubs really unsafe if TTC?

A:  They are not necessarily unsafe, but if you are trying to get pregnant you will want to want to keep the male fertility parts cool.  Stay away from hot tubs, briefs and laptop computers.


Q:  Should you have sex every day if you are trying to get pregnant?

A:  Nope, every few days is best.  This gives the sperm time to gather up strength and power for their next baby making attempt.


Q:  Is weight a fertility factor?

A:  Yes, if you are overweight it can cause a hormonal imbalance in the body.  If you are underweight there can be a decrease in sperm count and functionality.


Q:  Can men exercise too much while TTC?

A:  Yes!  Excessive exercise lowers testosterone levels, which can lower sperm count.


Q:  Do environmental toxins cause a problem for male fertility?

A:  Yes, continuous exposure to pesticides, insecticides, lead, radiation and heavy metals all increase the risk for infertility.


Q: What is a healthy sperm count?

A:  The average man will ejaculate 100 million sperm each time.  Less than 20 million sperm per milliliter may indicate an issue with sperm health.


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