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SIX STEPS TO SUCCESS

If you’re trying to boost your chances of conception as a couple, there are loads of tips and treatments out there for improving female fertility. As we all know, however, it takes two to tango, and there are a number of little changes a man can make in his day to day life that can increase the quantity and quality of sperm, and get you more involved in the process of making a baby…

1 UP IN SMOKE

Various studies have shown that, as well as causing numerous other health problems, smoking also decreases the quality of semen. Not only does it affect sperm concentration - with up to a 23% decrease in sperm concentration happening in men who smoke - but it can have a negative impact on your little swimmers’ mobility but up to 13%. Smokers also have fewer healthy shaped sperm than non-smokers. The morphology of the individual sperm also affects how well they can swim; if a sperm can’t swim properly, it will have trouble reaching the egg and fertilising it.

Another factor to consider is the damage done by smoking to your blood vessels. This may affect the blood supply to the penis, leading to erectile dysfunction. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that not only is erectile dysfunction more likely among me who smoked compared to those who never have, in younger men with ED, cigarette smoking is the likeliest cause of their impotence.

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