Thinking about trying for a baby? Make sure you read these ten tips to help boost male fertility naturally
But what if fatherhood is something that's still on the horizon?
When you decide to have a baby, it's important to think about female and male fertility - after all, as the saying goes, it takes two, baby.
Men can do a great deal to improve their chances of conception and boost sperm counts by paying attention to health and lifestyle.
Here is a check-list for men who are trying for a baby with our ten tips to help boost male fertility:
Keep cool: Men have a higher sperm count when their genitals are kept at a cooler temperature. So stay away from hot tubs, hot showers and tight fitting underwear.
Avoid alcohol: It lowers men's sperm count even when men are only drinking small amounts. And stop smoking - it has been shown to reduce both the sperm count and the sperm motility.
Sex: Have it in the morning as research shows that a man's sperm count is higher at this time so take advantage of it!
Supplement: Take a supplement which contains specific nutrients such as zinc for male reproductive health (more info here on Wellman Conception, also available in a dual Pregnacare His and Hers pack along with Pregnacare Conception)
Diet: If men are malnourished or not getting enough of the right foods and nutrients their sperm count can suffer.
Workaholic: Fatigue can have an effect on a man's interest in sex so it is important to try and find a balance.
Toxins: Stay clear of environmental poisons and hazards. These include pesticides/insecticides, organic solvents, lead, ionizing radiation, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals.
Drugs: Even in moderate amounts, for example cannabis can cause a low sperm count, poor sperm speed and increased sperm abnormalities.
Mobile phones: According to research by scientists in Hungary, men who keep mobile phones switched-on in their trouser pocket or on belts have significantly lowered sperm counts and risk their fertility being cut by up to a third. Also, the sperm's motility may be affected by long calls. So put down your phone!
Exercise: Swap the exercise bike for the treadmill. The repeated banging of the groin against the bicycle seat can damage critical arteries and nerves.