What is stress? It is any factor that threatens the health of the body or has an adverse effect on it’s functioning, such as injury, disease or worry. Constant stress brings about changes in the balance of hormones in the body. (Oxford dictionary of Nursing)
When a man is stressed, his mood may also play a part in unsuccessful conception, as the body reserves it’s resources for vital functions. A man’s body won’t waste it’s energy making sperm, as it’s a non essential bodily function.
Stress hormones corrupt leydig cells, which usually regulate testosterone production. Glucocorticoid overpowers the leydigs therefore ceasing sperm production. Stress and fertility do not bode well.
Top 3 stress busting treatments
- Indian Head Massage 60 mins ~ £35
- Reflexology 75 mins ~ £35
- Neck & Shoulder massage 30 mins ~ £19.50
Try massaging each other with essential oils like Ylang ylang, Patchouli, Rose or Jasmin in a cold press carrier oil such as Grapeseed.
Tips for healthy sperm production
- Eat a varied and healthy diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Reduce or remove alcohol intake
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t cross your legs as it raises the temperature in the scrotum
- Manage stress with Complementary therapy
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Take a multivitamin or eat the recommended daily 400 milligrams of folic acid
- Cut down on caffeine
- Get 8 hours sleep a night
- Check any prescribed medications for contraindications to sperm production
- Keep laptops on a desk, not on your lap
- If your job involves chemicals, always wear a mask & protective clothing near toxins
- Visit the G.U.M clinic to ensure no STI’s. Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea are a leading cause of infertility
10 sperm facts, how many do you know?
- Studies indicate that stress has a negative impact on various parameters associated with semen quality, including sperm concentration, motility and morphology.
- By eating only organic meat, fruit and vegetables can double sperm count.
- A human male on average produces 14 gallons of sperm.
- Each ejaculation is approximately half a teaspoon.
- Acrosome is at the tip of the sperms head, it’s a structure of strong chemicals that are released once the sperm is attached to the egg. The acrosome is what breaks down the egg’s surface so that the sperm can burrow in.
- 90% of sperm from one dose is deformed, with either 2 heads, 2 tails, huge heads, pin heads, or coiled tails.
- According to the Kinsey institute human ejaculation is 28mph.
- Each ejaculation contains on average 200 million sperm.
- Sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to 2 days.
- Sperm travels approximately 1.5 inches every 15 minutes of intense swimming, and have a good 3 or 4 inches to go before reaching the final destination.
For more information on stress and IVF, I recommend the Oxford Journals website.
Please contact me on 01522 888688 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about stress or to book in for a stress busting treatment.