What lifestyle changes can men make for healthier sperm?

Men can make the following lifestyle changes for healthier sperm:
  • Stop smoking. Nicotine reduces the amount of antioxidants in your semen.
  • Have frequent intercourse. Contrary to popular belief, abstaining from intercourse doesn't increase the amount of sperm. Instead, intercourse every three to four days is ideal.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol may suppress sperm production.
  • Avoid extended time in hot showers, hot tubs or saunas. Chronic exposure of the genitals to elevated temperatures can diminish sperm counts, but occasional brief visits to the sauna or hot tub will have no effect.
  • Avoid pesticides, herbicides, heat and radiation at work. All can affect sperm production.

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