Q: Hey Doc. Please I want to ask you a very sensitive question. I am a young man who is experiencing sexual weakness. I did a test which showed my sperm count is low. Which drugs do I take to bring back to normal? Again do you think if I should take this drug I will be very active again?
A: Thanks for writing in. Sexual issues are usually difficult for people to deal with and even more difficult to discuss.I am not quite sure what you mean by sexual weakness. Could you be more specific?
Moving on to the second issue, the causes of low sperm count could be medical, environmental or due to lifestyle issues
Medical causes include infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia, certain drugs used for cancer and fungal infections, , undescended testes and cancer.
Environmental causes include over-exposure to industrial chemicals, heavy metals and X-rays; over-heating the testicles by frequently using the sauna and hot tubs; prolonged bicycling
Lifestyle causes include alcohol use, tobacco smoking, illegal drug use, obesity and emotional stress.
To get a woman pregnant, a man has to have at least 40 million sperm per ejaculate. People with low sperm count usually have less than this.
If you have been diagnosed with low sperm count, then do something about it. Here are some tips that could help to improve your sperm count
Stress has been found to contribute to infertility problems such as hormonal issues. So, prevent excessive stress and perform relaxation exercises. Remember that infertility and life in general can be stressful, learn to relax.
Stop smoking because smoking significantly reduces both sperm count and the movement of sperm-cells.
Prevent overheating of the scrotum: When scrotal temperature rises (caused by tight underwear, long stays in a sauna or Jacuzzi, for example) sperm production can be impaired.
Maintain a healthy weight: Not too under or overweight since weight influences estrogen and testosterone levels.
Stop using drugs: Prolonged use of recreational drugs (for example, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine)
Have a fabulous weekeend ahead 😀