The Doctors crack open a cold one and discuss the findings of a study published in the Journal of Andrology which found that drinking beer may increase fertility in men.
The study says that men who drank 4-7 alcoholic beverages per week had higher sperm counts and semen volume. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that moderation is key because too much alcohol can actually decrease fertility and sperm quality, as well as bring a host of other negative effects like possible liver damage.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon comments that adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can also possibly help with fertility. He suggests to look for high antioxidant foods. Dr. Ordon also strongly encourages not smoking, noting that the habit, along with other drugs, can affect sperm count.
Dr. Travis adds to avoid high temperatures. Keep laptops away from the groin area and avoid spending too much time in hot tubs. Wearing tight underwear also pushes testicles too close to the body which could kill off the sperm if they get too hot. “Let them be loose and free,” says Dr. Travis.