istockphoto Semen exposed to the radio waves emitted by cell phones can result in damage to sperm, recent studies have shown. But does this phenomenon translate into the real world – when sperm cells are “protected” by skin and clothing?
istockphoto Too much testosterone? File it under strange but true.
istockphoto Heat puts the hurt on sperm and sperm production.
Flab Flays Sperm
Seems THC is mimics testosterone, so smoking dope exposes sperm to a hormonal imbalance that can cause sperm counts to fall, according to Dr. Niederberger.
So if you wake up with a scrotum that really smarts, don’t be stupid. Head to the nearest emergency room.
And pot isn’t the only drug that can affect male hormones. Heavy use of narcotics like the morphine derivative hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) can cause testosterone levels to plummet. When that happens, a guy’s sperm production – and sex drive – goes along for the ride.
Here are 9 threats every guy should know about, from experts including Dr. Craig Niederberger, professor of urology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Studies have linked specific pesticides, chemical solvents, dusts, and other substances in the environment to instances of infertility in women and abnormal sperm or low sperm production in men.
The researchers pointed out that their laboratory work indicated only a potential risk. They said it was possible that people who did not exceed the recommended doses would not experience negative effects, and in the human body such doses might not actually reach eggs and sperm. However, it should be noted that, in the lab, the eggs and sperm were exposed to only minute fractions of the herbal preparations.
One of the many scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was fond of doing much of his thinking while having a long soak in a hot bath every day. After he and his wife had tried to conceive unsuccessfully for many months, she did a little research of her own and then firmly requested that he switch to taking short, tepid showers and do his thinking elsewhere. This tactic has proved successful—they’re now the parents of four children.
Avoid exposure to toxins such as solvents and pesticides
For men, anything that may lead to atherosclerosis, such as untreated diabetes or hypertension or even health habits such as smoking and a high-fat diet, may damage blood vessels and impair blood flow, leading to impotence. A good blood supply to the penis is necessary to achieve an erection.
In women, thyroid replacement therapy may affect ovulation, depending on how carefully thyroid hormones are maintained at normal levels. Ovulation may be impaired in women who have low thyroid hormone levels, so when they are on thyroid replacement therapy, the levels of pituitary hormone (which controls the thyroid) in their blood should be monitored regularly and carefully kept in the normal range.
A number of prescription drugs have been reported to have a negative effect on the male reproductive systems, including the ulcer drug Tagamet (cimetidine), some antibiotics, and antihypertensive medications. For example, the use of a class of high blood pressure medicines known as calcium channel blockers can interfere with the ability of a sperm to penetrate the outer membrane of an egg.
Several popular herbal preparations probably should be added to the list of substances to avoid if you want to protect your fertility. Although many people believe that because herbs are “natural” they’re safe, those that have drug-like effects on the body do contain potent chemicals. Like some over-the-counter or prescription medicines, some herbal remedies may interfere with normal reproduction.