Will Losing Weight Improve Your Man’s Fertility?

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1. Weighty Issues

Everyone knows that when it comes to fertility, a woman’s weight is an important aspect. If a woman is overweight or underweight, her fertility will suffer. It is important for women to maintain a healthy, optimal weight for their best chances of conceiving. So, what about guys? Is weight as important to male fertility as it is to female fertility? Read on to find out.

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2. New Research

There has been some new research put out recently that suggests that male fertility and obesity are closely related. When teenage boys were tested for their testosterone levels, it was obvious that obese boys had lower testosterone levels than other boys. This finding indicates that male fertility is put at risk due to obesity. This is the same study that has been done many times over, in men with normal weights, men who are obese and even men who have diabetes.

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It is very easy to see that there is indeed a link between male infertility and weight. Not only does being overweight decrease a man’s testosterone levels, it also increases his chances of having erectile dysfunction, which can hinder the process of getting pregnant. As you can see, weight really does have a lot to do with male fertility. More research on this topic is sure to come in the future and it will be interesting to see where it leads.

3. What To Do

The first thing that a man should do if he is worried about how his weight might affect his fertility is to talk with his doctor. Talking to your doctor should always be your first step. Your doctor will be able to help you determine just how much weight (if any) you need to lose to get your fertility to the optimum levels and determine a good starting place. After you have spoken to your doctor, you will be able to determine just where to start.

A good place to start is changing your eating habits if you need to lose weight. Try to cut out as much junk food, fast food, and processed food as possible. Stick to natural, whole foods whenever possible and you will really see a difference in your weight. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains and low fat dairy are all good choices. Also, make sure that you are getting enough exercise.

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Physical activity is very important for your body as a whole, not just for losing weight. Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical exercise every single day, even if it is spread out over a period of time, and even if it is something low impact like walking. Anything you can do to get your weight to an optimal level will definitely go a low way towards improving your fertility.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.