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Male Fertility: Boosting Your Baby-making Power

Article / Review by on July 26, 2011 – 8:40 pmNo Comments

Male Fertility: Boosting Your Baby-making Power

Male Fertility: Boosting Your Baby-making Power

Despite millions of sperm hurtling towards a single egg, conceiving a baby isn’t always as turn-key as health class textbooks suggest.

As it turns out, nearly 15 percent of American men of childbearing age are sub-fertile, producing too few – or too many slow or misshapen – sperm. And according to URMC fertility expert Dr. Jeanne O’Brien, that number is only growing, probably because so many modern environmental convenience items – like plasticisers (chemicals like phthalates, which lend plastics their flexibility), preservatives in beauty products and lotions, even hormones given to speed the maturation of big, beefy livestock – mimic female hormones and thereby undermine men’s ability to churn out a steady supply of semen teeming with healthy, fast-swimming sperm.

So, what can men do to boost their odds of helping their partners conceive? Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps that can optimize one’s sperm count and quality. To learn more about them, just listen to Dr. O’Brien in the clip below.

Want to secure an appointment with Dr. O’Brien? You can call (585) 341-7777 . Seeking information about female infertility, too? Learn more about the care, counseling and opportunities offered at our Strong Fertility Center.


*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center


University of Rochester Medical Center

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