For your first visit to the clinic, you should have a minimum of 3 days sexual abstinence (time since your last ejaculate).
You may need fewer hours or more hours for the optimal sample, but 3 days is a good place to start.
Stay Well Hydrated
Smoking not only has the potential to decrease sperm counts and motility, it can increase the number of ROS (reactive oxygen species) in your semen and cause lower rates of fertilization.
Your body does not like the inhalation of carcinogenic toxins like nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Your overall health will improve when you quit and along with that your semen quality will improve.
In some states marijuana is now legal; smoking marijuana will lead to an increase in your body’s production of estrogen, which causes a drop in testosterone levels which will lead to a drop in semen quality.
Significant intake of marijuana can also cause gynecomastia (increase in the fatty breast tissue in males).
Keeping healthy is important. As you gain weight you are adding fatty tissue in the belly and thigh areas which cause temperatures to increase around the scrotum. Your scrotum needs to maintain a temperature about 2-3 degrees cooler than body temperature. Moderate, regular exercise may help increase specimen quality.
Artificial sweeteners, like aspartame found in diet soft drinks, gum, etc. can also contribute to poor semen quality. Some artificial sweeteners elicit an immune/inflammatory response which can alter the healthy hormone levels and cause drops in the quality of your sperm.
Don’t worry too much about your laptop; just be smart and place it on your knees or on a pillow in your lap.
Take your vitamins! Remember the alphabet? A, B, C, D, E, and F for Folic Acid. Vitamin A is directly involved in spermatogenesis, as is Folic Acid. If you eat a healthy, vegetable rich diet with plenty of greens you won’t need a vitamin supplement. If you skip the green veggies, take your vitamin.
Taking additional testosterone that is not naturally produced by your body is not a good option and will not give you a better sperm count. It is best to live a healthy life and allow your body to make the hormones that it needs.
The high temperatures for prolonged periods can negatively affect your sperm count and motility.