With Father’s Day around the corner, many families are gearing up to celebrate the special man in their life who they call Dad. But for the 1 in 8 couples who struggle with infertility, Father’s Day can be a challenging time.
Yes, a father-in-waiting may have his own father or grandfather to celebrate on that special Sunday in June, but Father’s Day can act as a 24-hour reminder that he is not yet a father himself. He may be the only man in his family or group of friends who is not a parent yet and may feel very isolated and alone. We often think of infertility as a female problem, and as a result, male infertility is often unrecognized and handled less compassionately. If a couple is trying for a baby, being mindful of the man’s emotions during the struggle can go a long way.
If a couple is already under the care of a doctor and is on their fertility journey, they may take comfort in knowing that this may be the last Father’s Day that they will spend child-free. If the couple has not taken active steps toward trying to conceive, this Father’s Day may be the nudge that’s needed to help make their parenting dreams come true. For some couples, it takes more than one “roll in the hay” to make a baby.
If a couple is ready to take a more intentional approach to parenthood, there are some specific steps they can take. Some of these include:
- Make sure there are no true fertility challenges by taking a test
If you and your partner are not seeing those two pink lines after some pregnancy attempts, it is wise to confirm that there are no underlying male-factor issues like low motile sperm count. Ultimately, a little knowledge can save you both a lot of time on your journey. By taking a simple and non-invasive YO Home Sperm Test a man can get a better idea of how healthy his sperm are. This test can be performed in the privacy of your home and does not require a doctor’s visit.
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- Focus on fertility-friendly foods for men
Certain foods have been shown to enhance male fertility, but even if a man isn’t experiencing fertility challenges, it is wise to make some dietary tweaks to support his future baby’s health. Focusing on eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, seafood, and nuts have been shown to help support male fertility parameters. One of the most well-studied diets for men to follow when trying to conceive is the Mediterranean Diet, which limits processed foods and encourages antioxidant-rich foods. Swapping out a typical snack with a nutrient-rich handful of nuts and a piece of fruit can help a man earn his Dad title sooner rather than later.
- Don’t neglect the power of exercise
Living an active lifestyle can help support fertility in men – to a point. Exercise that is very intense or work outs that add too much heat to the groin area may work against fertility goals. Pick your wisely and make it an activity that you do as a couple. Take a brisk walk together after dinner or go for a swim during the warm summer months. Anything to help keep your body healthy without putting too much stress on yourself will do.
- Catch some good quality sleep
Data suggests that men who sleep less than seven hours a night have more reduced fertility parameters like lower motile sperm count than men who sleep more. Prioritizing sleep can help men on their fertility journey, and if anything, will keep him refreshed!
Being a father is a dream that many men carry for many years, and sadly don’t get to experience it on their timeline. When a couple struggles with infertility, it can be a stressful time for both the man and the woman. Father’s Day can be especially challenging, and it is essential to acknowledge that it may not be a happy day in every home. Take some time, be around loved ones, and know that taking small steps like a Semen Analysis with YO to learn more about your sperm health, and making minor changes to your lifestyle can help make next year’s Father’s Day very different.