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Watch: Laptops, saunas, testosterone shots can affect a man’s fertility

Wearing tight underwear, cycling too much, working in heat can also decrease fertility in men, said Dr Rita Bakshi, gynaecologist and fertility expert.

By: Parenting Desk | Published: December 3, 2019 2:17:35 pm

Lifestyle habits do not just impact a woman’s fertility but that of men too.

Men might not be aware that even keeping a laptop on your lap while working can impact their fertility. Prolonged heat to the testicles can lead to low sperm count. This is true even if you are taking saunas or being exposed to heat in the kitchen if you are a chef, for instance.

Besides, wearing tight underwear, cycling too much, working in heat can decrease fertility in men, said Dr Rita Bakshi, gynaecologist and chairperson, International Fertility Centre.

Again, men who take testosterone injections have been frequently found to have zero sperm count, said the gynaecologist. “When you ask them, they do say that they have taken some steroid shot which is so common among body builders.

Not to mention consumption of alcohol, smoking or drugs can also have a negative impact on a man’s fertility. “Smoking can damage the quality and DNA of the sperm,” said Dr Bakshi.

Male infertility, busy lifestyles raise fertility challenges

“It is very important to adopt good lifestyle habits. Eat good amounts of fruits and vegetables, exercise well, and follow healthy habits, and this is all going to add in a big way to boost fertility in men,” Dr Bakshi advised.

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