Sperm: The 90 day Manufacturing Period
Dr Deirdre Zander-Fox
Sperm production takes around 3 months to complete. The testes usually make around 200 to 300 million sperm per day however, only about half or 100 million of these become viable sperm. The manufacture of sperm is ongoing continuously so the sperm that is used for your IVF treatment today was produced over the past 90 days
Sperm are quite sensitive and during this 90 day manufacture period they can be damaged by the environment. Below is a list of things you may want to think over this holiday period to ensure your sperm are in tip top shape before you commence treatment;
Health Weight: Men with a high body mass index can have decreased sperm count, decreased sperm motility and their sperm can be damaged inside with higher levels of damage to their DNA. So please remember to try and eat healthy over the holiday period.
Manage Stress: Studies show that high stress can impact on sperm quality and can impact on hormone production which is essential for producing healthy sperm. So please remember to try and have a relaxing and stress free holiday break.
Drink less: Heavy drinking can lead to reduced hormone production which can decrease the number and quality of your sperm. So please try and drink in moderation over the holiday season.
Don’t smoke: Men who smoke cigarettes are more likely to have low sperm counts. Smoking can also decrease sperm movement and cause sperm to be abnormal in their shape.
Stay cool: Increased scrotal temperature can impact on sperm production. Consider wearing loose-fitting underwear, reducing the time you spend sitting, avoiding saunas and hot tubs, and don’t put your laptop on your lap.