Reducing Your Risk of Infertility in Men
- Avoid using tobacco, marijuana, anabolic steroids, and “recreational” drugs.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
- Avoid exposure to harmful chemicals and heavy metals.
- Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
- Avoid prolonged use of drugs with adverse effect on fertility.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise moderately, but not excessively.
- Avoid testicular injury in sporting events.
- Wear looser fitting shorts and pants.
- If you bicycle, try using a softer saddle.
- Antibiotics: erythromycin, tetracycline, sulfasalazine, nitrofurantoin
- Antihypertensives: alpha blocker, calcium channel blockers, spironolactone
- Others: cimetidine, colchicines, allopurinol, minoxidil
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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