Men suffering from fertility problems should change their lifestyle to boost their fertility and potentially avoid expensive fertility treatment for their partners.
“I’m seeing an increasing number of couples where men’s lifestyle issues are the problem. Men should be taking this seriously – they underestimate the impact of what they’re doing,” said Senior Lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield, Dr Allan Pacey.
“The issue is you can’t stop smoking and see a result on the Monday.”
Dr Allan is among the 60 leading fertility specialists speaking at this year’s Fertility Show in London.
According to stats from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), men are the cause of fertility problems in nearly half of all cases.
“In some cases, men can improve the quality of their sperm by making changes to their lifestyle and possibly avoid the need for couples to undergo fertility treatment,” said Susan Seenan, deputy chief executive of patient support group Infertility Network UK.
“Where a couple does still need fertility treatment, then improving sperm quality can also help improve the chances of success so men should definitely come along and find out what they can do to boost their fertility.”