READ ME: How to optimise your partner's fertility when you have endometriosis
Lets talk fertility….
But not yours. Your partners.
Chances are if you are trying for a baby or even have just realised you have endometriosis you’ll have thought and worried about your own fertility.
But the statistics aren’t as bleak as you would have thought. It is estimated that 60-70% of women with endometriosis are fertile and can get pregnant. Which means about one third will have difficulty conceiving.
When you have endometriosis you can quite often feel the pressure to optimise your own fertility.
We quite simply don’t talk about mens fertility enough and with endometriosis you really want to be making sure both you and your partner are doing as much as possible to optimise your fertility on both sides.
So what can your partner do to ensure you are giving yourself the best possible chance of conceiving:
Firstly keep things cool. Sperm is stored in the testes outside of the body, to keep the temperature low.
Researchers found that prolonging exposure of the testicles to heat adversely affects sperm count, and that a lower temperature is essential for sperm cells to mature.
When trying to conceive, limit time in the spa and sauna. Also avoid lifestyle habits which are all too common like working with a laptop on your lap.
Needless to say if you are on a healthy diet your partner should be too.
Sperm production is essentially very fast cell division. Nutrients that specifically support cell division include folic acid, B6 & B12. The best way to ensure you are getting a wide range of B vitamins in your diet is to ensure you are following a predominantly whole foods diet: meat, whole grains, beans, pulses, vegetables (esp dark green leafy vegetables, fruit and nuts and seeds.
The sperm membrane (cell wall) is made up of essential fatty acids so it is important to include these in the diet to ensure healthy sperm cells.
What does this actually mean? Well essentially it means that your partner needs to be making sure he is getting in his essential fatty acids through his diet too through oily fish, nuts and seeds and olive oil. If he doesn’t eat oily fish (which is often the case in my experience) a good quality supplement might work well here.
Not only does he need to make sure he is optimising intake of these in his diet, he also should be reducing intake of saturated fats and trans fats are a big no no (processed and fried food).
Sperm is also very susceptible to oxidative damage which means anti-oxidants may work well in helping sperm quality.
What are our anti-oxidants? Vitamin C & vitamin E are the main ones so including foods which are rich in these is important. Again following a predominantly whole foods diet (especially rich in colourful fruits and vegetables - think red and orange and nuts and seeds) should ensure that you are getting adequate amounts of these in your diet.
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Ditch the lifestyle habits that aren’t doing you any good
Needless to say if you partner smokes they should stop. Research shows that smokers are more likely to experience infertility than non-smokers.
Alcohol intake should also be reduced. Excessive alcohol lowers testosterone levels and sperm quality and quantity in men. It can also reduce libido.
Stress levels should also be addressed. Stress has of course been for a long time associated with having a negative impact on our health and in one study researchers found that men who experienced two or more stressful life events in the past year had a lower percentage of sperm motility and a lower percentage of sperm of normal morphology, compared with men who did not experience any stressful life events.
If you are trying out yoga or meditation encourage your partner to get involved or encourage them to take up an activity that can actively help them with their stress levels.
The great thing about all of the suggestions above is that they can all be done together.
You shouldn’t feel the burden of optimising fertility just for you…it’s important for both of you to look at together.
Its also great to start including more healthy diet and lifestyle habits together and get into good routines prior to your new arrival (as you will probably need the energy!)
Have you and your partner considered his fertility?
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