30 THINGS THAT CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE SPERM

  1. Do not have unprotected sex. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea and Chlamydia can damage the sperm producing cells that block the rubes carrying sperm from the testis to the penis.
  2. Avoid pesticides that control pests in the garden and on the farm. Such chemicals can damage the sperm reproducing organs.
  3. Avoid insecticides sprayed to kill mosquito. Such chemicals can damage the sperm reproducing organs. Therefore, if you must spray your room against mosquitoes, allow at least one-hour before going back to the room.
  4. Avoid exposure to lead fumes generated in the manufacture of small cell batteries and in bullets. Such fumes can reduce sperm count by their negative effects on the hormones and the testis.
  5. Avoid exposure to heavy metals like cadmium from the manufacture of heavy batteries as they negatively affect the hormones.
  6. Avoid exposure to paint fumes and plastic softening chemicals like phthalates, hydrocarbons such as ethylbenze, benzene, toluene, and xylene as they destroy the sperm producing cells and hormones.
  7. Minimize exposure to e-rays as the sperm germ cells are very easily damaged by the gamma rays.
  8. Minimize exposure to radiation as the sperm germ cells are very easily damaged by radiation.
  9. Avoid fumes generated by welders and iron smelters as their heat can affect sperm production and lead to low sperm count.
  10. Avoid exposure to accumulated old newsprints, as the carbon can lead to low sperm count.
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    Illustration of sperm morphology

  11. Avoid wearing tight pants and trousers as the heat generated can cause low sperm count.
  12. Avoid children with mumps as having mumps in childhood can cause irreversible damage to the testis. Therefore, never allow a male to visit other children that have mumps.
  13. Minimize your consumption of alcohol as drinking to excess can cause low sperm count and also reduce libido causing you to have a low sex drive.
  14. Do not smoke as cigarette smoking can damage the testis and lower sperm count, lower the ability of sperm to move and lower the lifespan of the sperm.
  15. Do not eat too much saturated fat as they reduce the efficiency of the hormones and enzymes that help in the sperm production process.
  16. Do not eat food or supplements with soya bean as soya beans convert to the female hormone oestrogen, which tends to neutralize the male hormone testosterone, which is needed for men to reproduce sperm.
  17. Minimize your intake of refined carbohydrate like white flour, white bread and white rice as they reduce the efficiency of the hormones and enzymes that help in the sperm reproduction process. Instead, eat more of the unrefined carbohydrate like brown rice, wheat bread and oats.
  18. Do not become constipated as this can obstruct the blood flow to the testis. Therefore, eat more dietary fibbers like All Bran.
  19. Do not eat a poor diet as this affect the quality of the sperm, therefore eat more whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
  20. Do not take artificial sweeteners like nutrasweet, candarell and sweetex as they reduce sperm count.
  21. Avoid excessive consumption of raw lemon as this may inhibit the enzymes responsible for sperm production and libido.
  22. Do seek immediate medical help if one or both of the testes are un-descended from the abdominal cavity into the scrotal sac as this can significantly reduce sperm production.
  23. Do not sit for long periods of time in one position if you are a long distance driver, drive a small sport car, or a chief executive having many board meetings in leather chairs as this can increase the temperature around the scrotum which can reduce sperm count.
  24. Avoid traumatic injury around the testes as this can damage the sperm producing cells.
  25. Avoid bicycling as this can damage the tube carrying the sperm.
  26. Avoid stress as this can decrease the sperm count and lead to production of abnormal sperms.
  27. Avoid obesity as this can reduce blood flow to the testes, making the sperm production process more difficult and significantly reduce libido.
  28. Avoid substance abuse like cocaine or heavy marijuana as this can lead to low sperm count and deformed sperms.
  29. Avoid poor nutrition as this affect the quality of the sperm.
  30. Do not have children at a late age as the quality of the sperm decreases with age, leading to more difficult conception and greater possibility of having children with deformities.