sad-manIt is often women who feel the need to make changes when it comes to improving fertility – after all, it is the woman whose body needs to accommodate the baby when it comes, so it makes sense that she create the perfect environment for that embryo.

However, it has recently become apparent that the male factor is increasingly relevant when it comes to discussing fertility issues – in fact, male infertility accounts for between 40 and 50% of all infertility in humans.

So, what factors affect a man’s fertility and what can be done about them?

Smoking

You probably don’t need to be told that smoking’s bad for you, and the vast majority of women who come to IVF Chelsea seeking fertility treatment have long since given up smoking – if they ever started – as they know the damage that tobacco smoke can do to an unborn child.

However, it’s not just foetuses that are damaged by smoking – it can seriously lower your sperm count, too. So if you’re a smoker and you’re having difficulty conceiving a child, the first thing you should do is put out that cigarette.

Diet

Again, it’s usually women who bear the brunt of this – it is not uncommon for the female partner of couples visiting our Chelsea IVF clinic to already be on a no-alcohol, low sugar, ultra-healthy diet before she’s even walked through our doors, but the men often think they are exempt from this.

Carrying extra weight is another factor that can have a negative impact on sperm count, however, so if you are a man who could shed a few pounds, why not support your partner and go on a health kick with her – it will help to bond you as a couple, as well as potentially improving your fertility.

Stress

Let’s face it, stress is probably the biggest factor when it comes to fertility issues in men. By the time you’ve reached the point of seeking help with fertility, most men have already seen the light and given up smoking, maybe even improved their diet, but it’s difficult to do much about stress, particularly if that stress is associated with your work.

Whilst it can be difficult to avoid stress all together, it is important to remember that anything you can do to keep your stress levels down could help you on your way to conceiving a child, so why not consider taking up a hobby that takes your mind off things, or getting some more exercise.