One of the important organs that all men should protect is their private organ. This is because the private organ plays vital roles when it comes to fertility. But as a man, you may have been engaging in some habits that can damage your private organ as well as your sperm count unknowingly. These habits are as follows.


1. Excess Intake Of Alcohol

Too much intake of alcohol is one habit that can damage the male reproductive organ. This is because of the impact that it has on erection When consumed in high doses, alcohol can affect the ability of the testes to produce sperm. Research has linked heavier drinking to lower testosterone levels, lower sperm counts, and smaller numbers of healthy sperm. Liver disease caused by excessive drinking also may lead to fertility problems. If you think that your drinking might be affecting your fertility, talk with your doctor.


2. Tobacco Smoking

Men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than do those who don’t smoke. A 2015 study revealed that cigarette smoke can lower sperm count by as much as 17.5 percent. Research has also shown that smoking can cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in men as young as 20.


3. Staying Up Too Late

Research has revealed that lack of sleep may lower your production of the hormone testosterone, which is essential for sperm production. It is important to note that men who slept for 7 to 8 hours are 70% more likely to get their partners pregnant than those who slept for 6 hours below.



4. Infection

Some infections can interfere with sperm production or sperm health or can cause scarring that blocks the sperm duct. These include inflammation of the epididymis (epididymitis) or testicles (orchitis) and some sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea or HIV. Although some infections can result in permanent testicular damage, most often sperm can still be retrieved.


5. Not Ejaculating Enough

It’s a misconception that men have to save up sperm when it’s baby-making time. In fact, frequent sexual activity is important for sperm health. Retrograde ejaculation which occurs when semen enters the bladder during orgasm instead of emerging out the tip of the penis can affect men’s fertility. Various health conditions can cause retrograde ejaculation, including diabetes, spinal injuries, medications, and surgery of the bladder, prostate or urethra.


6. Stressing Out

It’s difficult to quantify the effects of stress due to its subjective nature, but fertility experts in general recommend that men try to reduce it. Men who feel stressed are more likely to have lower concentrations of sperm. Stress leads to increased levels of the hormone glucocorticoid, which can have a negative effect on the production of testosterone and sperm. No matter what’s eating at you, find ways to keep your worries from getting out of control—like talking with your partner, making time to exercise. Do not engage in taking antidepressants because it can worsen the situation. This is because certain medications can lead to erectile dysfunction and affect the amount of ejaculate.


7. High Body Mass Index( BMI)

Obesity can impair fertility in several ways, including directly impacting sperm themselves as well as by causing hormone changes that reduce male fertility. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one way to fight off those extra pounds and may help sperm in several ways. There are many vitamins in fruits and veggies that have been found to improve the quality of sperm, including vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc.


8. Lack of physical exercise

Lack of physical exercise is one of the habits that can damage the man’s reproductive organ. This is because regular exercise helps reduce man’s chances of Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Research has made it known that doing aerobic exercise improves man’s overall cardiovascular health, which has a direct impact on his ability to achieve and maintain an erection.


9. Wearing Tight Pants And Underwear

The ideal temperature for sperm production is a few degrees lower than body temperature, which is why the testicles sit where they do. Wearing tight briefs and pants may increase the temperature of the testicles. Elevated temperatures may impair sperm production and function. Also, Sitting for long periods or working on a laptop computer for long stretches of time may increase the temperature in your scrotum and may slightly reduce sperm production. But, this research isn’t conclusive.


10. Keeping Your Smartphone In Your Pants Pocket

Cell phone exposure may hurt the way your sperm move and decrease the number that are swimming around, a recent British review of 10 studies concluded. The radiation emitted from phones could cause DNA damage to sperm. And the heat from a phone could raise the temperature inside your scrotum and hamper sperm production, researchers say. Does that mean you need to ditch your device altogether? Probably not! But if you have your phone in your pocket all day, every day, it might be worth finding ways to reduce your exposure, like sticking your phone in your jacket pocket.


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