International Men’s Health Week: Four Things Millennial Men Can Do for Their Reproductive Health
While women’s reproductive health is discussed, there isn’t a lot of information on how men can take care of theirs. In fact, there are many misconceptions about men’s reproductive and sexual health. On the occasion of International Men’s Health Week (June 14 – June 16), Dr Kshitiz Murdia, CEO and co-founder of Indira IVF, shares with indianexpress.com four basic things for millennial men to ensure good reproductive health.
But before that, let’s understand what types of lifestyle choices negatively affect men. Dr Murdia states the following:
* Stress and sedentary lifestyle: Demanding jobs have increased stress for millennials, which can adversely affect their reproductive health. Stress has a direct effect not only on men’s mental and emotional state, but also on their physical health. It can cause the release of hormones that can decrease testosterone levels and sperm production, such as glucocorticoids. Besides stress, there is also a sedentary lifestyle. Poor diet and lack of physical activity can impact men’s reproductive health.
* Substance intake: Numerous studies have shown that increased consumption of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and smoking has adverse effects on reproductive health, leading to various fertility complications in men. In fact, tobacco has been linked to low sperm count because it affects spermatogenesis.
* Exposure to toxins: Exposure to toxic substances such as pesticides, radioactive chemicals, heavy metals, etc., and anything that can cause the testicular region to heat up in men can be harmful to their reproductive health.
Healthy alternatives for good reproductive and sexual health
1. Understand the challenges: It is important to educate and publicize reproductive issues such as low sperm count, low testosterone, impotence, STIs etc. gonorrhea, herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV) to take necessary precautions or consult a doctor.
2. Active lifestyle: In the age of computers, smartphones and tablets, daily physical activity has dramatically reduced. Swimming, jogging, cycling, and other sports can help. Regular exercise helps build immunity, maintains hormone levels, especially for people with diabetes and heart disease. These simple lifestyle changes can help reduce stress and other hormones that affect sperm production in the body.
3. Healthy diet: Consuming fruits, vegetables and plenty of water is important. Junk food and processed foods can be harmful in the long run, hampering hormone levels in the body. A nutritional diet would help ensure not only good reproductive health, but also overall health.
4. Hygiene: Hygiene is an important factor in ensuring reproductive health. The male genital area is located outside the body to provide a cooler temperature for the production of sperm. Personal hygiene such as washing hands after using the toilet, keeping the genital area clean, wearing clean, breathable underwear, and ensuring general cleanliness are essential. These habits should be introduced at an early age to avoid illnesses and infections caused by unsterile environments.
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