SOS -- Save Our Sperm Top tips to protect your swimmers
- Go tee-total around three months before trying to conceive (because sperm takes at least that long to develop). Booze can lower testosterone but increase estrogen in the body -- knocking a man's baby-maker out of balance.
- Kick the habit -- smoking can interfere with testosterone levels, reduce blood supply to the testicles and even damage the DNA of sperm. It's also been linked to both impotence and erectile dysfunction.
- Opt for loose-fitting boxers over tighty-whiteys, which could overheat your "boys," affecting sperm count. Likewise, avoid package-squashing skinny jeans and wear a protective cup during contact sports.
- Limit using your laptop actually on your lap -- as well as other sources of extreme heat including saunas and hot tubs.
- Avoid exposure to metals such as lead, radiation and toxic chemicals including some pesticides. Men undergoing chemo or radiation therapy for cancer might want to consider sperm freezing.