In today’s world, when everything is happening super fast and more responsibilities have crept up, more people are suffering from stress and fatigue than they did just a couple of decades back. This also has resulted in some serious consequences on our reproductive health.
In fact, more than 40% of all couples in India are now experiencing some sort of issues around fertility, thus impacting their chances of conceiving a child. And 50% out of that is due to some issues with men, especially their sperm health.
To clear the air around the topic, we have answered some frequently asked questions related to the topic.
Sperm is the male reproductive cell required to fertilize a female egg to create an embryo and have a successful pregnancy. The sperms are produced by the testicles present in a person’s body.
Generally speaking, sperm health refers to the potential or the capacity needed to fertilise the egg.
It is characterised by various factors such as:
Research has shown that stress releases steroid hormones which decrease testosterone levels in the body. This in turn also affects the sperm production of an individual. Another report pointed to evidence that prolonged and stressful work environments affect sperm quality in terms of morphology/structure and quantity. Additional lifestyle habits such as smoking, obesity also add to this. However, the exact or direct mechanism through which sperm is affected by stress is not yet known.
Often fatigue, sleep deprivation and weakness are thought to be interlinked with low sperm count and subfertility. Research has found that sperm count and quality is lower in sleep-deprived adults as compared to people who followed a fixed and healthy sleep schedule. Moreover, sperm motility was also found to be lower in short sleepers when compared to average or long sleepers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have also reported that difficulty in getting sleep and work-life imbalance has resulted in other sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction, lower libido and problems in ejaculating.
Some ways through which you can improve sperm health are:
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