Male Fertility and Weight
Achieving a healthy fertility weight is medically important, and can help you have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Indeed, you've seen the articles on weight loss and infertility that are aimed at women. But what about your partner?
Know that male factor infertility is also linked to weight problems and obesity. Even carrying an extra 20 pounds can increase a man’s risk for being infertile.
Is your partner at risk?
To find out if your partner is at a healthy fertility weight, first calculate his body mass index (BMI).
If your partner is overweight or obese, talk to him about making a change. Let him know that weight problems could be increasing the risk for the following male fertility problems:
- Issues with sperm count and sperm health
- Hormone problems
- Erectile dysfunction
In addition, carrying extra abdominal fat can increase scrotal temperatures, hampering male fertility.
Boost your chances of conceiving
If you are having trouble getting pregnant due to your partner's weight or health problems, take action. If your partner's weight is affecting your fertility, talk with your doctor and encourage your partner to exercise and eat smart.
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Obesity In Men Linked To Infertility.