How does stress affect sperm quality?
How does stress affect sperm quality? Semen quality plays an extremely important role in male fertility and can tell a lot about a man’s overall reproductive health. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Routgers School of Public Health revealed through a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility that mental stress can have a detrimental effect on sperm and semen quality. Accordingly, stress can also detrimentally affect concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize eggs. Let us talk about this subject in detail and understand the depth of this matter.
What is infertility
Infertility is not always a female problem. Both men and women may have this problem. About a third of fertility cases are related to men. There may be many reasons for impotence in men, such as mental pressure and depression, alcohol / drug addiction, smoking, obesity, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure etc. But research suggests that the most prominent cause of this is mental stress! It is a matter of concern that the number of victims of this problem is increasing rapidly in India. A research has been expressed in an international conference in which India will have the highest number of impotent people by 2025. Some time ago at the tenth ‘World Congress for Sexual Health’ held in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, it was reported that most of the world’s impotence victims are in Asia, Africa and North America.
Effects of stress on the body
Often, there is a problem of hormone imbalance in both men and women due to constant anxiety. There is a chemical transmitter in our body, and hormones called serotonier and dopamine together keep your mind balanced. When hormone imbalance affects your brain, there are many physical changes, including negative effects on semen quality. Hormones become imbalanced when you are under constant pressure.
Infertility and stress
This type of problem is seen more in metro cities. Because there is a lot of cold and work stress. People get all kinds of stress due to irregular lifestyle and emergency. They are constantly immersed in anxiety depression depression which affects their health (especially on fertility). According to a recent research, 30 percent of the men who live under high stress complain of infertility. However, no strong evidence has been found in this research that it is infertility due to stress.
Control stress to avoid
To maintain the quality of semen and live a better married life it is very important to control your stress because it increases the chances of conception. If you are planning to conceive then stress management can play a very important role for you. Stress can be overcome by combining several methods, about which Han will also discuss.
get plenty of sleep
Several studies suggest that deep sleep deprivation, stress, and infertility have a deep correlation. Because prolonged waking of warts for a long time causes fundamental changes in hormone levels that can increase the problem of infertility. Scientists believe that people who are unable to get full sleep for a long time may suffer from various health related problems and low fertility rate. Lack of sleep leads to stress and hormonal imbalance in the body, leading to infertility.
Treatment of male infertility
Diagnosing and treating male infertility is a bit complicated. For this, semen samples are sent to the laboratory for examination to find out the sperm count, sperm strength and other such factors. Then hormone levels are also examined to determine testosterone levels. Physical problems such as defects in vaginal organs, STD or VD, degenerated ejaculation are also investigated under this. And then it is treated according to the cause of the problem.
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There are many examples
33-year-old Sapna (name changed) working in a multinational company had been trying to conceive for many years, but was unsuccessful in this. On performing the fertility test, there was no physical deficiency in either her and her husband. The doctor advised him to visit a psychologist. The psychologist noticed that it was not a matter of health, but because of stress, he was failing in conception. The doctor found that stress was affecting his mental health. Considering the advice of a psychologist, the couple started doing 20 minutes walk, light exercise and meditation etc. in the morning. Here, he was also included in the Mind Body program to change the lifestyle. In a few weeks, Sapna became pregnant and now she is the mother of a young daughter.
You can make your attitude towards life positive by adopting cognitive and behavioral therapy to maintain semen quality and avoid male infertility. Apart from this, melodious music is helpful in relieving your stress. Also mechanical activities like meditation, asanas and pranayama etc. also help you in relieving stress.
How does stress affect sperm quality?