Different Foods That May Hurt Male Fertility






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When it comes to fertility, guys have to be on the lookout too. Fertility issues are usually thought about as women’s issues, but that is not the case at all. In fact, up to 30 percent of all fertility problems are due to some sort of male factor fertility issue. Believe it or not, food is actually a big issue when it comes to male fertility. Did you know that there are several foods that can harm male fertility? Read on for five of the most common culprits.

1. Alcohol

While technically not a “food”, alcohol can really damage male fertility. An occasional beer or two won’t do any long term damage, but regular, heavy drinking can really damage sperm concentration and motility. You see, alcohol puts the body in a state of oxidative stress, which is a huge cause of male fertility issues. Keep this in mind and make sure your guy drinks only occasionally.


2. Soda

Also a drink on a list of “foods”, soda is a huge cause of male fertility problems, and surprisingly, the biggest victims are lean young men. The sugar that is in soda and other sweetened drinks can actually do a number on sperm motility (how sperm move). Also, a heavy intake of sugar laden drinks can also lead to insulin resistance, which is very bad for sperm as well.


3. Processed Meats

Yes, they are yummy, but processed meats can really wreak havoc on sperm. In a 2014 Harvard study, men who consumed the most processed meat — hamburgers, hot dogs, salami, bologna, bacon — had 23 percent fewer normal sperm than guys who ate it sparingly.

processed-meats-can-really-wreak-havoc-on-spermResearchers thought that it could be the saturated fats causing the problems, but after extensive research, it turns out that only the processed meats posed the sperm damage risk. This means that processed meats were definitely the problem when it came to sperm.

4. Full Fat Dairy Products

Even though full fat dairy products are delicious and full of flavor, guys should steer clear of them if they want to keep from damaging their sperm. Men who eat at least two servings of full-fat dairy — especially cheese and whole milk — per day tend to have fewer motile sperm, according to a 2013 study in Human Reproduction. Experts think that the pesticides and hormones and other nasty “extras” that are found in full fat dairy products are definitely to blame for the sperm issues.


5. Non Organic Produce

Yes, organic produce is expensive, but when it comes to protecting sperm, it could definitely be worth the price. That’s because the pesticides found in organic produce can really damage sperm. In a recent study, men who consumed the most pesticide residues through produce had 64 percent fewer normal sperm and 70 percent fewer motile sperm than guys who took in the least. Pesticides are known to interfere with hormone levels in the body, and can really damage sperm counts. Definitely buy organic whenever possible.


Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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