Cannabis drug use and its effect on male fertility

How does Cannabis impair fertility?

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It is known that both Cannabis (Marijuana) can impair male fertility by the effects that it has on sperm motility, and several studies have suggested that Cannabis may also affect sperm production so that the sperm are abnormal in shape and size.

This is obviously quite worrying. If you are trying to conceive, it is sensible to stop using these drugs before you start trying for a baby, as we do not know if these drugs may damage the sperm and lead to problems with the pregnancy.

A study done at the University of Sheffield by Dr Allan Pacey suggested that male Cannabis users should stop using Cannabis well before trying to conceive

How long do the effect of Cannabis and Cocaine last?

Cannabis metabolites are stored in fat in the body and can be detected on a urine Cannabis drug test kit for up to 30 days after last use.

In view of this our advice would be to wait at least 30 days before you start trying for a baby. That will give time for the Cannabis metabolites to leave your system and for new sperm to be produced. You do not need to stop having sex during this time, simply use a condom.

One thing to bear in mind is that sperm can live in the testicles for up to 2-3 months, so it is important to keep having sex  (with a condom) so that the older sperm that have been affected by Cannabis have been used up. Fresh sperm is best for conception.

Will my fertility return to normal after I stop using Cannabis?

As long as everything else is normal, and you are not using other drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol then the sperm morphology and motility should return to normal once the drug causing the problem has left your body, although this could take several months.

The best advice is to stop using drugs well in advance of trying to conceive to optimise your chances of conceiving quickly and having a successful pregnancy for your partner and a healthy baby.

 

 

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There has been a lot in the news recently about the reduction in male fertility. Sperm counts are on the decrease, globally, with a combination of lifestyle and dietary causes being blamed.

There are a growing number of home tests available for couples concerned about fertility. At the cheaper end of the market, these tests simply look at the number of sperm per ml and only test a small 1ml sample of the ejaculate. While the accuracy of these tests is good, the limitations given above do reduce their value.

The FertilityScore home test kit is unique in 3 ways. Firstly the pack contains 2 complete tests. More importantly the test screens for motility across the whole ejaculate sample, and finally the test only gives a positive result, indicating good fertility for motile samples above 20 million per ml.

By completing 2 tests at 7 to 10-day intervals, FertilityScore offers the highest confidence of sustained fertility available in a home test.

FertilityScore is widely available online in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site, other medical and fertility shops and also on E-Bay and Amazon for around £19.99 a pack.

Male Fertility Tips-optimising your fertility

We read lots today in the news about how stress, modern lifestyles & enviromental pollutants can affect men’s fertility adversely.

Here are some quick tips of things to do and things to avoid:

  1. Guys keep the laptops off the laps-anything that causes overheating in the groin area can damage your fertility. This is why testicles are not inside your body like the other organs-it is to keep them cool. Make sure you sit at a table when using a laptop so the laptop is not on your lap. (This is also much better for you back as you will tend to sit up straight rather than slouch)
  2. Give up smoking-studies have shown that smoking adversely affects male fertility
  3. Keep alcohol consumption at a low level and avoid binge drinking
  4. Avoid going in very hot baths or saunas as this will cause overheating of the testicles
  5. Eat you 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and eat a healthy balanced diet. Try to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or underweight can affect your fertility adversely.
  6. Consider taking a multivitamin supplement that is specifically for men such as Wellman as they contain key supplements that are important for sperm production and general & sexual health
  7. Avoid taking any recreational drugs as many of them have been shown to affect male fertility adversely
  8. If you are on a prescription drug check with your GP whether it could affect your fertility
  9. Avoid overexercising-extreme over exercise has been shown to affect fertility adversely in both men and women. In men it may be due to the overheating element or their may be other factors. Regular moderate exercise is good-just don’t overdo it and try to avoid overheating in the groin area-wear loose fitting workout clothes, boxers or  shorts. Avoid the tight fitting lycra! Avoid strenuous riding (ie bicycle or horse) which may cause overheating of groin.
  10. Some enviromental pollutants can affect male fertility adversely-check if you are working with any toxic chemicals & make sure you are taking adequate health & safety precautions
  11. Try and relax. Stress can affect fertility adversely. Make time for relaxation every day.

We saved the best two until last:

  1. Have sex regularly. Studies have shown that having sex regularly actually improves your fertility. There is no advantage to saving the sperm up for the fertile time of the month. Old sperm are more likely to be damaged or have poorer motility. Try to have sex regularly 2-3 times a week to kep the sperm replenished and fresh
  2. Enjoy sex. Sex is and should be a pleasurable experience so keep it fun.

You can buy home male fertility test kits and fertility products online in UK from Access Diagnostics 

Chlamydia-can it affect male fertility ?

I was browsing through the Times online Fertility File and found this interesting article about Chlamydia and male fertility.

It is well known that Chlamydia can affect female fertility adversely by causing infection in the female urogential tract and blocking the fallopian tubes. Chlmaydia can also be a cause of recurrent miscarriage if untreated.

Here is an extract from the article

Chlamydia, the sexually transmitted infection (STI) carried by one in ten sexually-active young British adults can make men infertile by damaging the quality of their sperm, new research has shown.

While the condition, which usually passes undetected, has long been known to threaten female fertility, scientists from Spain and Mexico have now established that it presents similar risks for men.

Men with chlamydia have three times the normal number of sperm with genetic damage that can impair their ability to father children, the study found.

Antibiotic treatment can reverse the effect, and preliminary results indicate that it may dramatically enhance pregnancy rates when couples are trying for a baby. But the discovery suggests that the prevalence of the disease may be contributing to infertility across an entire generation of young adults.

Click here to read the full article

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Self-help measures for improving healthy sperm production

  • Avoiding hot baths
  • Wearing boxer shorts and loose trousers
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Drinking only moderate amounts of alcohol
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding stress

Oh if only life was that simple-lol

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Men who smoke marijuana (cannabis) may be impairing fertility

Men who smoke marijuana (cannabis) frequently have significantly less seminal fluid, a lower total sperm count and their sperm behave abnormally, all of which may affect fertility adversely.

The Study was first conducted at the department of reproductive physiology at the University at Buffalo 2003.

Marijuana contains the cannabinoid drug THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is its primary psychoactive chemical, as well as other cannabinoids.

”The bottom line is, the active ingredients in marijuana are doing something to sperm, and the numbers are in the direction toward infertility,” said Lani J. Burkman, Ph.D., lead author on the study. Burkman is assistant professor of gynecology/obstetrics and urology and head of the Section on Andrology in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. UB’s andrology laboratory also carries out sophisticated diagnosis for infertile couples.

Men involved in actively trying to concieve a child should avoid THC, probably for at least a month prior to TTC.

You can buy a Cannabis drug test kit here to see if the cannabis is out of your system.

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MALE FERTILITY TEST-an increasing number of men are checking their fertility by using a male fertility test kit at home.

Home Male Fertility Test Kit-What should we do if the result comes back low?

First thing to say is don’t panic. A low sperm count does not mean you can not conceive it may just make it more difficult. However you do need to go and see your doctor now for examination & further sperm tests-this is very important.

Some of the following factors may be worth considering while you are waiting for the appointment to see the doctor.

1) Was the sample ideal? Did you follow the instructions precisely? It may be worth repeating to check this. Cooling the sample or a delay in performing the fertility test can alter the number of active sperm, and give a false result.

2) High testes temperature. Sperm are made in the testes which are in the scrotum. This is the body’s way of keeping the testes slightly cooler than the rest of the body which is best for making sperm. It is often advised for men who have a low sperm count to wear loose fitting underpants and trousers and to avoid very hot baths, saunas, etc. This aims to keep your testes slightly cooler than the rest of your body, which is thought to be good for sperm production. It is not clear whether these measures improve a sperm count, but they seem to be sensible. Also best not to let him sit with his laptop on his groin !

3) Smoking can affect the sperm count. If you smoke, you should stop completely for optimum sperm production.

4) Alcohol. More than 16 units per week (equivalent to about 8 pints of normal strength beer or 16 small glasses of wine) may interfere with optimum fertility.

5) Drugs and medicines. Most do not interfere with sperm production, but some may do. These include: sulphasalazine, nitrofurantoin, tetracyclines, cimetidine, colchicine, allopurinol, some chemotherapy drugs, cannabis, cocaine, and anabolic steroids. They are always finding new drugs that can affect sperm. If you have a low sperm count, tell a doctor if you take any drugs or medicines regularly

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