Women seem to get an bad wrap for any fertility problems that arise. This is not only unfair, it’s also statistically untrue. Most statistics suggest that 35 – 40 percent of fertility problems are caused by male conditions – the same as the percentage for females! So with the men having that much of an impact fertility rates, it’s a little surprising that some of these myths still exist. So, without further ado, here are our Top 4 Male Fertilization Myths:
More Sex Means A Better Chance of Conception
We hate to break it to you, but conception is all about the timing. While an active love life is great, having sex every day can lower sperm counts. Timing your sex around a woman’s ovulation is the better bet for conception.
Men Don’t Have Fertility Cycles
Actually, there are several cycles that affect male sperm production. Season is one; males tend to have higher counts in the winter versus the summer (some attribute this to lower production in increased heat). Men are also at their highest count in the mornings, corresponding to their testosterone increase.
Size Doesn’t Matter
While technically true for penis size, larger testicle size does tend to correspond with increase sperm counts. Don’t panic yet; while it’s true in the technical sense, most men produce a high enough count regardless of size. If you are having problems conceiving, it is likely another issue and you should make an appointment with your doctor to have your levels tested.
Mountain Dew Decreases Fertility
This Male Fertility Myth seems to be most popular among the young crowd. It goes something like this: “The high caffeine and/or Yellow 5 compounds in Mountain Dew will decrease your sperm count.” False. There is no scientific literature to support either claim, and in some studies caffeine has actually shown to increase the speed of sperm.
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