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10 Facts EVERYONE Should Know About Male Fertility

10 Facts EVERYONE Should Know About Male Fertility

In the world of fertility, women often put A LOT pressure on themselves. We download apps, clean up our diet, exercise regularly, take our vitamins, and even sometimes dance under the full moon during the fall harvest (no judgement here).  We feel your pain! BUT remember! It takes two to tango. 

  • 1. Pull that phone out of your pocket ASAP!
  • Studies have shown that the radiofrequency electromagnetic waves (or free radicals) from your laptops and mobile devices have caused cell death, decreased motility of the sperm and damaged the integrity of the DNA. Can you say NO THANK YOU?

    2. It’s Getting Hot in Here..

    Excessive or prolonged heat is bad for the testes. They hang outside of the body for a reason. Fun Fact: The “boys” are on average 7 degrees fahrenheit cooler than the rest of the body. 

    3. Rolling down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice...

    Although Snoop Dogg makes it look cool, smoking and drinking have been shown to have a severe impact on sperm and fertility. While nicotine and THC have been linked to abnormal shaped sperm and motility issues, alcohol has been linked to lower concentration.  

    4. Don’t be a fool, cover your tool!

    STD’s are one of the number one avoidable infertility issues. Get tested regularly as undiagnosed can cause serious long-term damage.

    5. Man meat is a treat!

    Research has shown that men who eat meat regularly have on average 60% active swimmers, whereas vegetarians have on average 33% active swimmers.

    6. Working on that dad bod

    Abs, have you heard of them? We’re not saying you need to be Chris Hemsworth (ladies am I right?) but studies show that men with BMI’s over 25 have decreased fertility, low concentration and low motility of sperm.

    7. Practice makes perfect

    While many think you need to “stock up” to increase your chances of conceiving. Studies have shown that regular ejaulation has been proven to help increase fertility and flush the old “fragmented” DNA from your system with new potent ones.

    8. You are what you eat

    Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate and Zinc are all amazing things to add to your diet to promote healthy fertility. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, Vitamin E in nuts and seeds, Zinc in beef, lobster and oysters and Folate in those dark leafy greens.

    9. Age is just a number...

    While men’s fertility health may slow and decline after age 50, it actually NEVER stops. Women stop producing eggs at a certain point in their lives, while men are constantly regenerating sperm, which have an average lifespan of 42-76 days.

    10. Constantly reinventing themselves

    Fertility in men can be improved because of their constant regeneration. This renewal system allows men a great chance to improve sperm health and count over a few months of time. At any given time, you will have sperm who are at the beginning of their lifespan and those who are at the end. Remember #7 and keep those lines clean.

    5 Things You Can Do To Naturally Increase Fertility

    5 Things You Can Do To Naturally Increase Fertility

    The secret is out ladies! Read our list of 5 things you can start doing today to naturally boost and maintain your fertility 🌿

    1) Eat Well

    Eat your veggies! Eating nourishing foods can not only do wonders for your body but can also boost your fertility! A poor diet lacking essential vitamins and nutrients can be linked to lengthy menstrual cycles (which means less frequent ovulation). Foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts, and grains are packed full of nutrients and beneficial antioxidants like Vitamin C and E, folate, and beta-carotene (healthline.com). Antioxidants also remove free radicals from your body which can damage sperm and egg cells.

    2) Stay Hydrated

    Let’s get real… most of us do not drink anywhere close to the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. BUT, there’s never been a better time to start than now! Your cervical fluid (which helps the sperm get to the egg to fertilize) gets very sluggish and can even prevent the sperm from reaching the egg when you don’t drink enough water. Drinking water can also improve skin and is great for your overall health!
    TIP: To make drinking more water a new habit fill up a water bottle before bed and place it beside your bed. When you wake up chug the water before getting out of bed!

    3) Manage Stress

    Stress… we all have it, but is it under control? Stress can increase cortisol levels (aka the stress hormone) which can decrease fertility by temporarily shutting down the reproductive system. Not to mention, stress and busy schedules can affect relationships and intimacy. Remember to take those few extra deep breaths each day and utilize relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, or a much-needed spa day. You got this!

    4) Get Busy...In The Bedroom

    I’m sure we don’t have to tell you this. But hitting the sack more frequently means you’ll be more likely to get pregnant faster. Experts suggest having sex ideally once a day, every other day, or at a minimum three times a week. Research suggests that women with thriving sex lives produce more estrogen and are more likely to have predictable menstrual cycles and normal ovulation.

    5) Take Supplements

    Begin (or continue) to take FERTILIFY supplements to make sure your body is functioning at 100% every day. The all natural ingredients in FERTILIFY work to support and maintain your fertility while helping other aspects of your health as an added bonus! FERTILIFY was designed by leading fertility doctors Dr. Robert Casper & Dr. Rolando Cepeda. Each ingredient in FERTILIFY has third-party scientific research that demonstrates the benefits it has to female fertility.

    7 Best Apps To Manage Your Fertility

    7 Best Apps To Manage Your Fertility

    There is an app for almost anything! Seriously! Including tracking your lady cycles . Whether you are looking for an app to simply track your period to give you a heads up before Aunt Flo comes to visit or you’re trying to conceive (TTC) and wanting to know your optimal fertility window, there’s an app for that!  

    There are so many fertility apps out there it becomes an overwhelming guessing game to choose the best one. Luckily for you, we did the research and came up with our own list to help you choose one that’s perfect for YOU!

    1) Ovia Fertility Tracker & Ovulation Calculator App              

    What it does: Ovia logs and tracks multiple fertility and health indicators such as eating, sleeping habits, period, moods, etc to predict ovulation and let you know when you’re a fertile myrtle! Ovia *claims* it can get its users pregnant 3x faster than the national average! (fitpregnancy.com) Did we mention Ovia was created by a Harvard grad who developed this apps algorithm to help him and his wife conceive? Adorable!  (fitpregnancy.com)
    Cost: Free. Users can also upgrade for .99 cents for the ability to export data to Excel.
    What makes it different: Ovia is a very detailed and easy to read app providing women a 1/10 scale of fertility each day. Ovia’s algorithm is based on data collected from millions of women who are pregnant or TTC and is known as the largest data set that’s ever been collected on this population (fitpregnancy.com). Another unique aspect of this app is the ability to set it on “not trying to conceive” mode.

    2) Fertility Friend                                                                            

    What it does: This app allows women to observe and record their fertility signs to predict the best days for baby-making.
    Cost: Basic app is free! The premium app is $45 a year and includes a VIP access to message boards and more advanced features! 
    What makes it different: Fertility Friend has been around for over 15 years and is responsible for 650,000 pregnancies and counting! This app is known for its detailed fertility charts and colour coded calendar. A super cool aspect of this app is its free fertility charting course teaching women how to read graphs and input their data correctly (sigh of relief). Fertility Friend also allows you to interact with other women on message boards and reach out to those with similar fertility charts (ohhh now I get why it’s called Fertility Friend 😜 )

    3) Period Tracker

    What it does: This app eliminates the guessing game of Aunt Flo's arrival while making it easier to predict when you are the most fertile with data entry and charting. Period Tracker includes period prediction, ovulation prediction, and fertility prediction by recording Basal Body Temperature (BBT), moods, cervical firmness, and much more. There is even a pill reminder feature to remind you to take your FERTILIFY supplements! 😉😉
    Cost: $1.99
    What makes it different: Allows you to export period dates and all data in a user-friendly way straight into emails for your doctor!

    4) Kindara

    What it does: Kindara monitors basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical fluid to provide information on your hormone levels to determine the best time to conceive. This app also allows you to log your BBT, cervical fluid, menstruation, and sex.
    Cost: The app is free, however, Kindara works alongside an oral thermometer called Wink which costs $129 and syncs automatically to the app.
    What makes it different: It’s like a FitBit for your uterus! Kindara syncs with the Wink thermometer over bluetooth and gives you an easy to read fertility chart that you can share with a community of women.

    5) Glow Fertility, Period, and Ovulation Tracker App                    

    What it does: Glow helps women pinpoint their fertility using daily health logs with personalized data to help conceive faster! This app also reminds users to take their birth control (you’re welcome)!
    Cost: FREE!
    What makes it different: Glow is unique because it offers male fertility tracking which can be synced to view the overall fertility health of the couple. Glow can also be synced to other apps like MyFitnessPal and Google Fit. This app also helps couples afford infertility treatments through a mutual assistance program if couples cannot conceive within 10 months of using Glow!

    6) Natural Cycles   

    What it does: Natural Cycles uses women’s BBT to determine when ovulation is or is likely to occur in her upcoming cycle so you can plan ahead. 😉  BBT is known to pinpoint fertility with a 99.9% accuracy rate.(fitpregnancy.com)
    Cost: Free for the first month. Monthly subscriptions available for $6.90 per month
    What makes it different: Natural Cycles is promoted as an app to prevent pregnancy, but it can also help you conceive, as it lets you know which days you are most fertile. According to the company, this is the world's only birth control app that uses analytics instead of chemicals to plan (or prevent) pregnancies.

    7) Clue

    What it does: Clue allows you to input personal data into their algorithm that calculates and predicts your own unique cycle. Clue prides itself on being a tailored approach to conception by tracking data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, and sexual activity.
    Cost: Free
    What makes it different: Clue offers ClueConnect, a simple way to share information about your menstrual cycle with partners, friends, and or family to open up conversation about periods, fertility, and health. Clue is even optimized for Apple Watch!  


    There you have it ladies! These apps can have two uses; to prevent pregnancy or to help you get pregnant. If you are TTC, have unprotected sex on your most fertile days (calculated by the app). Don’t want a baby? Don’t have sex on those days… or use protection 🙌🏻 ! Either way, one thing’s for sure… Always remember to take your FERTILIFY! 😊