Lifestyle Modifications in Male Infertility TreatmentDr Chinmayie R
Male infertility is alarmingly increasing all over the globe. This could be attributed to the ever-increasing use of addictive substances, high EMF exposure, ever-increasing stress & anxiety and the alarming increase in diabetes mellitus, hypertension, psychiatric disorders, cancers & autoimmune disorders. It could also be due to increasing obesity, sexual dysfunctions & inadvertent usage of chemicals in the body.
So, lifestyle plays a vital role in reversing the semen count, motility & morphology of sperms.
Having a healthy lifestyle like having a very regular exercise regime, having timely nutritious food, drinking a lot of freshwaters, having good 6-8 hours of sleep, creatively handling stress & anxiety rather than resorting to anti-anxiety medications is very important.
Also, getting rid of addictions like smoking, tobacco consumption, alcohol & other opioid analgesics is very beneficial.
Removing oneself from occupational exposure to harmful substances like chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, paints, dyes, aniline exposure and heated environments like the catering industry and jewellers are also essential to increasing Scrotal temperature is harmful to active & viable sperms. Control of BP & sugar levels is significant for sperm functionality.
Diabetes affects the count, motility & morphology of the sperm. So, strict sugar control is a must. Specific antihypertensive like calcium blockers, beta-blockers and angiotensin inhibitors affects the sexuality & sperm parameters. So, proper physician advice is necessary if the couple is trying for a baby. Prolonged use of steroids & hormone supplements is very harmful to sperm functions. So stopping the above drugs is essential for the reversal of semen abnormalities.
When the couple is on treatment for either IUI/OI-TI/ or IVF/ICSI, the male partner should resort to good lifestyle changes as mentioned above & also take good antioxidants for 90 days or more sperms available for the fertilization to improve all the parameters.
Healthy gametes lead to healthy offspring.