Can excessive masturbation cause infertility?
Family planning and pregnancy can be quite stressful at time. When the female partner is not getting pregnant after a couple of months several men fear that it may be their fault. The guilt conscience begins to take root.
There are many myths associated with masturbation and many men are not sure what the real truth is any longer. To set your fears aside, whether you ejaculate inside a woman’s body or outside does not affect your fertility. The only difference is that if you ejaculate inside a woman’s body the possibility of her getting pregnant is higher. Those men who are trying to get their partners pregnant should keep this in mind.
Regular intercourse with ejaculation at least 3 or 4 times a week can help keep your sperm quality good. Healthy sperm has good motility and morphology. Sperm motility is the swimming capabilities of the sperm and sperm morphology is the shape of the sperm. A normal sperm will have a head that is shaped in a manner that allows it to easily penetrate the egg. An abnormally shaped sperm may not be able to penetrate the egg even if it reaches it, due to the deformed shape of the head. A sperm that is a good swimmer can reach the egg soon and this is essential for conception. All you need is one good swimmer and sometimes it is hard to find even that in the 3 million semen load.
Good quality sperm
Optimal quality sperm is produced when the male does not ejaculate for 2-3 days. If you are trying for a baby naturally it is advisable to give yourself few days break from masturbation and then have sexual intercourse. This will improve your chances of conception.
If you are undergoing IVF treatment at some point you will be expected to give a semen sample. Doctors usually advise that you should avoid masturbation and ejaculation at least for 3 days prior to giving the sample. This is to ensure optimum quality of sperm.
Frequent masturbation (3 or 4 times a day) can deplete your sperm reserve. Each ejaculation releases approximately 300 million sperm and the male body produces 12 billion sperm per month. If you are conscious about sperm depletion, you can do the math as to exactly how many times you can ejaculate each month.
Low sperm count
If you feel that your sperm count may be low you can have it checked by a simple sperm count test. Low levels of sperm count may affect fertility. You can clear your doubts regarding your sperm count easily by getting it checked with giving a sperm sample to a clinic. They will revert within a few days with the test results. If you do test positive with a low sperm count, do not feel remorse over the thought that it is might be due to excessive masturbation, as that does not affect sperm count.
Excessive sexual intercourse or excessive masturbation does not affect your sperm count, though it may temporarily reduce your sperm reserve till your body can produce more. If you have frequent sex you may find that the quantity of semen you ejaculate is reducing. This is temporary and there is no need for concern. Give it a few days of rest and your body will produce more sperm.
If you are going through fertility treatment then it is worth while discussing your sexual habits with the doctor so that it will does hamper the treatment and healthy sperm production. It is also beneficial to enquire regarding the measures you should take to improve your sperm quality for the treatment. The quality of sperm plays a very significant role in the IVF procedure. Healthy sperm can help with fertilisation and improve the embryo quality.
13 November, 2018
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