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Sperm Killed by Heat? Doctor Says, 'To Have Children, Get Rid of High-Temperature Work Environments First'

Data shows an increasing percentage of male infertility, most of which is caused by poor sperm quality. Many reasons affect sperm quality, one of which is prolonged exposure to high temperatures.

Sperm and High-Temperature

Why does high-temperature cause sperm quality to decrease or even become inactive?

The normal testicular temperature in the scrotum is 2℃-3℃ lower than the body temperature; that is to say, only when it is around 35℃ the spermatogenic cells in the testicles grow and develop and differentiate into sperm. If this temperature is exceeded for a long time, the spermatogenic cells will shrink and become fewer, and the number and vigor of sperm will gradually decrease.

The human scrotum has a certain temperature self-regulation, so the testicular temperature is always maintained at about 35 ℃. But if exposed to a long time in a high-temperature environment, for example, if the room temperature is more than 40 ℃, the temperature of the scrotum will also rise, and the sperm will "die from heat."

To improve the high temperature caused by the decline in sperm quality or even inactivity, patients can take oral traditional Chinese medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill, which has a certain degree of efficacy in the treatment of male infertility caused by asthenospermia, oligozoospermia, and azoospermia, and will not produce drug resistance and other side effects. 

At the same time, patients should avoid long-term exposure to high-temperature environments and do the following:

1. Avoid prolonged and frequent visits to hot springs, saunas, and hot tubs.

2. Office workers who must sit often can stand up and exercise for more than an hour to disperse heat between their legs.

3. The lower body should wear loose pants, not tight ones, conducive to scrotal heat dissipation.

In addition to these measures, what else can men do to improve sperm quality and protect fertility?

1. Quit Smoking And Drinking

Studies have found that the uniform value of sperm concentration in the semen of smokers is 25 million/mL, which is significantly lower than 63 million/mL, and sperm activity is also significantly reduced. Alcohol acting directly on the gonads will reduce the natural rate of testosterone, leading to an increase in estrogen, which not only leads to impotence but also affects the production of sperm. To prevent oligospermia and asthenospermia, men should quit smoking and drinking.

2. Adjust Work And Rest Habits

Many young people do not get enough sleep, and the resulting endocrine disruption will lead to various diseases and affect sperm vitality. If they spend all day on the Internet or face the computer for a long time at work, the radiation will cause significant damage to the testicles, and the decline of spermatogenesis is inevitable.

3. Strengthen exercise

Obesity not only affects the development of male testicles and genitals but also leads to a corresponding increase in estrogen in the body, hindering the production of sperm and affecting their quality. Therefore, obese men should exercise more and keep their weight within normal limits.

4. Healthy Diet

Abstain from greasy food, eat more fruits and vegetables and meat, fish, eggs, milk, and other high-quality protein, which is beneficial to sperm. Animal offal This kind of food contains a higher amount of cholesterol, of which about 10% or so is adrenocorticotropic hormone and sex hormone. Appropriate consumption of this food has a certain effect on enhancing sexual function. 

Arginine is an essential component for sperm formation and can enhance sperm motility, which plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of the male reproductive system. Therefore, men can eat more arginine-rich foods like eel, sea cucumber, cuttlefish, octopus, mackerel, sesame seeds, peanut kernels, walnuts, etc. In addition, zinc-rich foods are also helpful in improving sperm quality.

In addition, for men with reproductive needs, if the sperm count and vitality are reduced due to diseases, it is necessary to go to the regular hospital for examination and treatment in time not to affect your fertility plan.

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