Written by Aileen Chun, Belly Armor CEO & Co-Founder
Infertility can be a pretty touchy subject. Going from dreams of baby bumps and new family members to the sober realization that the journey to pregnancy will be much more difficult or altogether impossible is a harsh reality that many couples must come to terms with. In addition to dealing with “When’s the baby due?” and “Are you guys even still trying?” -type questions from friends and family, couples experiencing infertility often face the societal stigma that comes from being unable to conceive. Couples may feel isolated or believe their situation is abnormal, but according to the National Survey of Family Growth, 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving. Most likely, at least one of your friends or family members has struggled with infertility at some point. For the couples experiencing it, infertility is definitely a problem, but it is by no means an isolated problem or one to be ashamed of.
In the past, when couples realized that they were having trouble conceiving, the responsibility often fell on the woman to solve the problem; What tricks or remedies could she use to boost her fertility? We now know that infertility is just as much a ‘he’ issue as it is a ‘she’ issue, with male infertility accounting for just under half of all fertility issues that couples face. And, judging by findings from The French Institute for Public Health Surveillance that sperm count among men worldwide is down by 30%, fertility issues due to male infertility are only expected to rise in the coming years.
For men who are experiencing or are worried about infertility, there are some areas they can focus on to alleviate the problem or reduce their risk. While this list of possible factors is by no means exhaustive, it can start you down the road to having happy, healthy sperm. (Also, if you are concerned that you are experiencing infertility, it is important to discuss with your doctor.)
- Age – Experts recommend having children before the age of 40 because……. If you are getting close to 40 or past 40, want children but not quite ready yet, freezing sperm is an option you might want to consider.
- Get Tested – Ask your doctor to test your sperm. Tests include sperm count, quality of the sperm (viability), and how well the sperm move (motility). This could help you better understand whether sperm health is an issue, and if it is, determine with your doctor how to address it.
- Lifestyle – To give your sperm the best chance, you should avoid any smoking and excessive drinking. It is also important to get a healthy 8 hours of sleep.
- Medications – Some medications can lower sperm count, so you should ask your doctor about the impact of medications you are taking if you are trying to get pregnant.
- Smartphones – Studies such as one done by the Cleveland Clinic have linked cell phone and other wireless device use with up to a 40% decrease in sperm quality. It is a good idea to limit your cell phone use and be mindful of where you carry it on a daily basis. Your pants pockets is not a good place to keep devices because of their proximity to the testes.
If, like most men, you prefer not to carry a man-bag and not putting your cell phone in your pocket isn’t an option, RadiaShield Technologies’s award-winning Anti-Radiation Boxer-Briefs is one solution you could consider.
These boxers have been designed to proactively protect a man’s reproductive organs and shield their sperm from wireless radiation. Made of a Modal/Spandex blend and RadiaShield® Fabric, the boxers are lightweight, breathable, and machine washable. The proprietary RadiaShield® Fabric on the codpiece works by neutralizing (through reflection and absorption) incoming EMF waves from cell phones, laptops, and other devices. When worn regularly, they can be highly effective at reducing a man’s exposure to wireless radiation and protecting his sperm.
When you do conceive, Belly Armor (by RadiaShield Technologies) also makes a stylish line of anti-radiation maternity clothing and blankets to reduce your baby within from exposure to wireless radiation. Check out their full line here.
If you would love to try Belly Armor now is your chance! We have teamed up to do a giveaway of a pair of their boxer briefs and a women’s camisole. To enter the giveaway, head on over to our Instagram page for your chance to win! Good Luck to All!!
About the company: Belly Armor is the definitive resource for families looking to protect themselves against the harmful effects of everyday radiation, providing knowledge about the health risks from wireless technologies and designing products to help reduce exposure.
On a mission to make everyday environments healthier, particularly for children, Belly Armor strives to increase awareness of this emerging health issue in the 30+ countries where they have presence. They work with the scientific and medical community, their advocates and their distributors globally to educate about the state of the science and encourage a more balanced and safer use of technology in our modern-day lives.