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Can balanced diet, exercise, and stress management boost fertility?


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Published At March 9, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I used to have a habit of excessive masturbation as a man, but now it has significantly reduced. However, I have concerns about whether frequent masturbation can affect my ability to reproduce. In the past, I also had a habit of smoking and drinking, but I have been working on reducing these habits for the past six months. I had a regular smoking and occasional drinking lifestyle for about five years. Can you please provide guidance and a solution to my concerns?

Thank you.


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While excessive masturbation may lead to temporary decreases in semen volume and sperm count, it is not known to have a long-term impact on fertility. However, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect male fertility. Smoking can damage sperm and reduce sperm count, motility, and morphology. Excessive alcohol consumption can also decrease testosterone levels and impair sperm production. To enhance your chances of conceiving, it is recommended to quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management can also improve fertility. Investigation and treatment for infertility typically involve a series of tests and procedures to determine the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan. The process may include:

  1. Medical history and physical examination: Your healthcare provider will inquire about your medical history, lifestyle habits, and any symptoms you may be experiencing. A physical examination will also be conducted to evaluate your overall health and identify any physical factors contributing to infertility.
  2. Blood tests: These tests can determine hormone levels, providing insight into ovulation and sperm production.
  3. Semen analysis: This assesses the quantity, quality, and motility of sperm.
  4. Pelvic ultrasound: This examines reproductive organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, to identify structural abnormalities or blockages.
  5. Hysterosalpingography (HSG): This procedure involves injecting a contrast dye into the uterus and using X-rays to evaluate the fallopian tubes for blockages or abnormalities.
  6. Laparoscopy: This surgical procedure involves making a small incision in the abdomen to examine reproductive organs and identify structural abnormalities or blockages.
  7. Treatment: Based on investigation results, a personalized treatment plan will be developed. Options may include medications to stimulate ovulation, intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), or surgery to correct structural abnormalities or blockages.

Specific investigations and treatments recommended will depend on factors such as age, medical history, and the underlying cause of infertility. Your healthcare provider will collaborate with you to create a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and circumstances.

I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome. Thank you.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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