7 Ways To Boost Your Sperm Count

By Michael Avery in Life Style On 22nd October 2015

Why Should You Care?

Aside from the ego boost? Well, first off, many of the factors on this list that affect sperm production also effect testosterone as well. That impacts everything from energy levels to mental function to sex drive. So you shouldn't be surprised about that.

As well, increased sperm production will likely lead to an increase in sexual desire as well -- not that you need it, of course. Nevertheless, if you simply want to shower your woman with your love (yes, that's the really nice way of saying it) or you want to give fatherhood a fighting chance, today's tip is surely going to teach you something you didn't already know about your swimmers.

For this list, we checked out what the science says. What you have to do isn't shocking eating right, drinking less, exercising the right way but it's amazing how much just a few simple lifestyle changes can impact your sperm. Read on through this article for more info.

7. Try Supplements, Not Just Drugs

While certain drugs, such as marijuana (and all her illegal friends) and antifungal medicine, may hinder sperm production, others, like testosterone therapy, may help increase sperm production. As well, certain natural supplements promise to increase sperm production.

L-carnitine, found in red meat and milk, is a natural amino acid, and increases sperm production and speed. Of course, it can also be taken as a supplement.

Folic acid (or L-lysine -- all foods made with grains must be fortified with folic acid), when combined with zinc, increases the amount of sperm produced.

L-arginine (found in nuts, sesame seeds, eggs, and meat) is also highly regarded as a sperm enhancer.

Also, antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium also improve sperm speed and concentration.

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6. Exercise Your Muscle

Although this may not increase your actual sperm and semen production, exercising your PC muscle can help you shoot further than ever before. For some reason, some guys equate this with being the man (myself being one of them). Do your Kegel exercises and you'll be able to thrown down.

It's not just exercises specific muscles that might help though. A 2013 study found that men who exercised often had higher sperm counts that men who didn't. As the study's author noted, "Weightlifting has been shown to increase testosterone levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Both of those have been related to higher sperm concentrations." So start pumping some iron!

5. Drink Less

Alcohol affects your liver function, which, in turn, causes a dramatic rise in estrogen levels. So, as I'm sure you've already concluded yourself, this will interfere with sperm production because estrogen, not testosterone, will accumulate in your body. Even two drinks a day will have long-term effects on sperm production, so maybe you should put the beer down for today.

According to UK health officials, alcohol affects your testosterone, libido and sperm levels in a variety of negative ways, including hurting your body's ability to ingest Vitamin A: which is crucial for semen production.

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4. Have Sex & Masturbate Less Often

Many readers write in to ask why their semen is sometimes nice and thick, and yet other times, it's transparent and somewhat watery. Well, it's quite simple actually, the more times you ejaculate, the less dense your semen will be. If you have sex every day, or worse, masturbate furiously, then chances are that your sperm count and semen density will not be up to par.

3. Start Eating Right

Believe it or not, your diet affects your sperm production big time (how it affects the taste is debatable, however). And although I'm sure you already know that a diet that's low in fat, and high in protein, vegetables, and whole grains is good for your health, I bet you didn't know that it's also good for your sperm. Keep the boys healthy, speedy and in abundance by eating healthy.

The study we referenced earlier, for example, also notes that processed meats can be quite bad for your sperm count, and that fatty fish are your friend. Eating fish like salmon and tuna could have up to a 34% difference in your sperm count. Go fish!

2. Remove The Heat

The reason your testicles hang from your body and don't reside inside it like a woman's ovaries, is because they need to be a few degrees cooler than the rest of your body. So wearing tight underwear or tight pants that keeps them pressed up against your 98.6° body is not a good idea. As well, sleep naked if you can, to ensure coolness.

Also, avoid excessive use of saunas and hot tubs, which have both been shown to harm sperm count. We're not saying never hop in, but if you're spending an hour on your back patio boiling your 'nads every night, you'll want to consider cutting down drastically. In general, where you can avoid heating up your scrotum, you should, according to a 2007 study.

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1. Quit Smoking

f you smoke, quit now. If it's not bad enough that you already have bad breath and can't taste anything, smoking also affects your sperm count. Not only do you have significantly less sperm than non-smoking men (22%), your little boys are also slower and smaller.

Why? Well, a lot of it has to do with the balance of proteins in your testes. Normally, your body keeps these in balance, but if you smoke, it can lower your levels of a protein called protamine 2. That throws your testicular system out of whack, and the effects on your sperm are noticeable.