So many factors related to male and female health play a role in conception – and here, leading natural health experts offer their insights into the fertility mistakes a man could be making.

  • Piling on the pounds: 24 per cent of British males are obese and this sky-high figure (which is predicted to rise) will not help the baby making process. “Being overweight can affect male fertility and reduce the quality and quantity of sperm count,” explained Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Getting Pregnant Faster.
  • Skipping sleep: “Lack of sleep can lower the production of the hormone testosterone, which is essential for sperm production – so consequently, this can lower a man’s overall sperm count,” advised Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns. Magnesium  is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ as it helps to relax our muscles, which in turn can help us fall into a peaceful sleep.
  • Ignoring support on offer: The likes of erectile dysfunction may be a health concern that your partner would rather ignore, but there are a number of natural ways to combat against this condition. L-Arginine is an amino acid, which is crucial for most metabolic processes. It contributes to the health of the vascular system by boosting blood circulation and regulating the relaxation of blood vessels. “As it supports blood flow, it is a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction, a common problem associated with infertility. In addition, L-Arginine is essential for sperm production  (it can be found in large amounts in the head of the sperm),” Dr Glenville suggested.