There are also plenty of less obvious factors that can affect sperm count — and some are toxins that are probably in your home and in products you use every day. It's impossible to avoid all these things entirely, and trying to is likely to cause enough stress to override any benefits. But here are some surprising things that have been linked to sperm killing and some ideas for safer alternatives:
The common household chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can lower sperm counts and motility, according to a study in Reproductive Toxicology. Food packaging is a major source of BPA, which can seep into the food. Most food cans are coated with BPA resin, and acidic canned foods are especially risky.
Certain plastics, including vinyl used in some sex toys, release phthalates — plastic-softening chemicals that have been tied to lower reduced sperm count and quality. Glass, silicone and green sex toys are a safer bet.
Phthalates are found in many shampoos, soaps, deodorants and shaving creams. Look for natural, phthlate-free products instead.
It's not surprising that smoking cigarettes is bad for sperm, but smoking weed isn't much better. Heavy marijuana smokers have been found to have significantly lower sperm counts and sperm with bad swimming strategies.
Stress can cut sperm count dramatically by inhibiting the production of testosterone.
Women aren't the only ones who should slow down on drinking while trying to conceive. Alcohol can inhibit sperm production and lower sperm counts.
BPA is found on about 40 percent of cash register receipts, according to a 2010 University of Missouri study. The chemical can penetrate skin or be passed from hand to mouth to the digestive track. Skip the receipt or wash your hands after signing.
Isoflavones found in soy products mimic estrogen, and a 2008 study linked soy consumption to significantly lower sperm counts. The soy food industry disputed the study's findings.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of toxic chemicals that have been banned but have accumulated in certain fish — especially predator fish and bottom-feeders. They are associated with decreased sperm counts and integrity. Smaller, younger fish are considered safer.
Chemicals called perfluoroalkyl acids are used in the manufacturing of nonstick products such as Teflon, Gore-Tex and wax paper and can significantly lower sperm counts, according to a Danish study.
Of course not having sex at all won't help, but some couples abstain for days or weeks in hopes of saving sperm until the woman is ovulating. This doesn't work. Researchers have found that while it does take a day or two for sperm to replenish themselves after ejaculation, waiting any longer than that can cause them to lose motility and change shape.
Timsomor Note (Using Deodorant On Your Groin Area The Do's and Don't's) :
Men should never use Deodorant in their groin area's unless it's a natural based because of the chemicals used in most deodorants. The main one being aluminum. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Several studies have shown a link between increasing antiperspirant use and rising rates of female breast cancer and prostate cancer in men!
FDA has not committed to classifying it as a carcinogen. Their position remains one of "wait and see" as more definitive studies are released. Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in deodorants as well. In fact, parabens are contained in an alarming amount of our body care products. A random sampling of 100 human urine specimens performed by the CDC showed that all 100 contained parabens. This demonstrates the high absorption rate of chemicals we place on our skin.
The largest concern is that the absorption of these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants. This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin.
The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart.
This chemical is even found in many of the processed foods we eat today. Logical thought follows that decreasing our exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular in health conscious circles.
Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency.
The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
Triclosan is another common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is utilized as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. It is also commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes and gels.
Triclosan is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA. It is also classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. This classification has prompted some companies to remove it from their products. However, it still can be found as an ingredient in some formulas.
However if you must use Deodorants on your groin areas, and this goes for men and women use natural deodorants like a Deodorant Stone! The deodorant stone in the link has cornstarch blend that helps stop sweating without the use of Aluminum. You should always do some research on the stuff you use on your body, one thing you will notice is that these natural products use Alums which have no relation to the metal Aluminum. With the terrible diets of people from all races today due to the corporations need to market massive amounts of processed foods to the public with almost no label information for the customers to read and compare things too. Most people are getting large amounts of sugars and empty calories. This usually results in a candida overgrowth and most people don't know they have them. Using these products helps to keep this type of infection under control as far as odor, but you must restore the healthy levels of bacteria in your stomach using products like Kyolic Garlic Formula or Advanced Candida Care.
Most of the suggested methods shared here can be used by both men and women. I have listed some of the best products below to help you. Please leave comments about this if it helped you. I know it's off topic a bit, but if you look at things as a whole you will see it's all related. I also forgot to mention that a Deodorant Stone can replace your store bought stuff and will last for a long time if cared for properly. Just remember to rinse them and dry them. Since they kill most all bacteria naturally there is no chance of cross infection when going from top to bottom when using them, "If you know what I mean." I have had one of mine since 2005, and it's only lost a small portion of it's original size. They just let you sweat naturally, and enhance the Cologne or Perfume you are using because it's reacting to your pheromones. Which some people will never get the same fragrance from you because of how it changes. Mambo is a great Cologne for men that works this way or just search for less intimidating favorites here at 50% off.