There are so many risk factors for infertility in women, and of course, there is the same if not the bigger number of those in men. One of the greatest British singers Rod Stewart, 73, seems to know one not-so-obvious habit that can cause difficulties with conceiving a child – tight underwear and trousers.
Great advise from Rob Stewart's doctor
Rod Stewart is a well-known heartthrob. The singer has not only his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but also eight kids from five different women to be proud of the successful father. Rod is remembered for his figure-hugging and daring stage outfits. However, those times are gone. Nowadays, Stewart is more likely to wear something a little looser.
The reason for Rod’s change in outfits is a doctor’s advice. Stewart together with his latest (the third) wife, Penny Lancaster, were trying to conceive their second child back in 2010. The singer wasn’t that young at that time and received a recommendation to stop wearing constrictive clothing and having hot baths. Penny said:
When Rod and I were trying to make our second child, we were having a few troubles and a doctor said, 'Rod, you've got to forget wearing the tight pants and trousers, OK? Get rid of the Calvin Kleins, do the loose boxer shorts, and no hot baths'.
The couple had successfully conceived, and their second child was born on February 17, 2011.
Risk factors for male infertility
It is not only tight trousers or underwear that is believed to possibly harm men’s reproductive organs. Doctors determined that temperature is also a huge factor that affects the production of sperm. The estimated ideal temperature for testicles is 94.1 °F or 34.5 °C. If these recommendations are neglected, the highly possible scenario is early infertility. Other risk factors include:
Levels of testosterone in the blood usually decline with age even in those who are completely healthy. This tendency begins in men after the age of thirty. This decline is around 1% per year and called 'andropause' or 'symptomatic hypogonadism'.
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Many studies confirm that smoking is toxic for sperm and can lead to a decrease in semen parameters such as concentration, motility, viability, and morphology. Doctors’ advice is to stop smoking for good, especially if you want to conceive.
Recent researches show a clear connection between excessive weight and decreased fertility. The results are stunning, to say the least, 10 kg (22lbs) increase in body weight may reduce fertility by almost 10%.
Apparently, stress can cause damage to probably everything in our body. It has been proven that stress is an additional risk factor for infertility. All semen parameters are significantly decreased in men who are under constant stress.
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5. Alcohol and caffeine.
Alcohol negatively affects the reproduction system at all its levels. Studies have shown that everyday consumption of caffeine in high doses can lead to a significant decrease in semen parameters.
There are also many therapeutic drugs that can cause male infertility, such as antineoplastic agents (used to treat cancer), glucocorticosteroids, hormonal steroids, antibiotics, marijuana, opiates, neuroleptic agents, etc.
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Officially, male infertility is defined as the inability to conceive over the period of one year with the same partner, despite regular unprotected sex. It is important to undergo regular checkups to prevent this condition.
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