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Myths of Male Fertility

Posted on February 12, 2015  by   Leave your thoughts

Can Lifestyle Changes Make a Difference in Male Infertility?

Male Fertility

After a diagnosis of a sperm problem in an infertile couple, I am commonly asked by the male partner if he “can do anything to fix the problem”. This usually means he’s asking if a change in diet, exercise, alcohol intake or vitamins can influence sperm quality.


When sperm shape (morphology) is abnormal, it’s thought that sperm survival in the female reproductive system and their ability to attach to and fertilize the egg, are negatively affected. It may be that the sperm’s abnormal shape inhibit its ability to swim well (motility) and meet the egg. In short, morphology likely affects motility —  these are some of the most common factors of male infertility.


What We Learned About Male Fertility


In a 2014 study by Dr. Allan Pacey and his colleagues from the University of Sheffield in the UK in the medical journal Human Reproduction, Pacey and his research team studied more than 2,000 men from 14 fertility clinics in England. Here’s what we learned from this recent study regarding lifestyle changes in men:


  • Pacey and his team found sperm morphology was worse in semen samples collected during summer months (June through August).
  • Morphology improved among samples collected after a man avoided ejaculation for a few days.
  • Sperm morphology problems were more common in marijuana users. Cannabis use in younger men doubled the chance of male infertility.
  • They also found that cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption didn’t seem to be related to sperm morphology problems. These factors had previously been considered important influences on male fertility.
  • The study failed to find any link between sperm quality and factors such as obesity, tight underwear, smoking, drinking or a history of having mumps. Only marijuana use, frequent ejaculation and summer-time ejaculation were linked with poor sperm morphology.


Male InfertilityIn summary, there is little evidence (with the exception of avoiding marijuana) that delaying fertility treatment in order to make adjustments to a man’s lifestyle will improve their chances of getting pregnant. Since we don’t yet understand all the factors that influence sperm morphology, it’s probably wise for men to live an overall healthy lifestyle and avoid cannabis if they are planning for pregnancy.


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