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It takes two to tango, but it's usually the female half of a couple that spends lots of time making lifestyle changes and tracking ovulation. Your partner has got her folic acid and ovulation tests covered, and you can't pee on the stick for her!

But there are still plenty of things men can and should do to increase their chances of getting their other half pregnant and these things will boost your overall health too! 

Stay away from obviously bad stuff

The first step is easy, and one you will already have taken if you are actively trying to conceive. You are probably aware that too much alcohol isn't good for your body, and also has a negative impact on your sperm count and sperm quality. That's right, men who drink too much have less swimmers, but they also move more slowly and there will be more damaged sperm. Cigarettes are bad too. Same story, basically, but with an added bonus: the cigarettes you smoke are bad for your partner and her fertility too. If she gets pregnant while you are smoking, you will be harming your unborn baby too. The message is clear smoking is really something you have to stop doing before you start trying to conceive. What else falls into the category of obviously bad stuff? We could include large amounts of fast food, or being really inactive here too. You know those things are bad for you, and it's only logical that they have an impact on your fertility too. Try to live healthily.

Nutritional deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies are definitely something to avoid when you are trying to conceive. Deficiencies in folate, B6 and B12 have been proven to cause DNA damage in sperm. Zinc is another nutrient you want to pay special attention to when you are trying to conceive. If you are not sure whether you have any nutritional deficiencies, your wish to become a father is a great opportunity to have blood work done. Once your test comes back from the lab, you will know exactly which nutrients you need to work on boosting. It's best to boost your nutrient intake through food alone, because food sources of vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed. Multivitamin supplements can be a great help if you are quite deficient and want to sort that out quickly, however. Ask your doctor to recommend you a good supplement or talk about supplementing only nutrients you are deficient of.

Avoid abusing your tools

You've probably heard that overheating your testicles can fry sperm. Testicles are outside of the body for a very good reason sperm production needs to happen at a temperature that is slightly lower than the temperature of the rest of your body. Men who are trying to get their partner pregnant should, therefore, make sure that they don't do anything that gets in the way of sperm production. We know they're called laptops, but these computers shouldn't go anywhere near your lap if you want to have great swimmers. Research has shown that this brings your sperm count down, and the same goes for hot tubs, long hot baths, and... cycling! Yes, the friction raises your testicles' temperature. Tight synthetic underwear is another big no-no for guys who want to be dads. Choose loose cotton boxers instead. Talking about abusing your tools, you may have heard that masturbation can decrease your chances of getting your partner pregnant. Ejaculating frequently can lower the sperm count in any one ejaculation, because sperm isn't produced as quickly as the rest of your seminal fluid. Having said that, couples who have sex every day still have the highest chance of conceiving, so it can't be that bad. Masturbation is OK, then, unless it gets in the way of your libido and makes you avoid actual intercourse.

So, what should you do?

Now that you know the most important things to avoid, you'll want to know what you can do to actively increase your chances of conceiving. If you and your partner both take good care of your health by exercising regularly, eating well, and avoiding harmful substances, then you have laid the perfect foundation. Tracking ovulation then remains the single most important thing a couple can do to boost their chances of getting pregnant quickly. There are many methods that allow women to find out when they are fertile, and you can support your partner by taking an interest and discussing it. Find the cheapest place to buy ovulation tests in bulk, or set the alarm for your partner if she decides to go with measuring her basal body temperature.

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