Decreasing male fertility rates over the past few decades have given rise to a new problem: troubles conceiving. Typically, when a couple is having problems getting pregnant, the man's fertility and sperm count are the first things called into question.
"It's a known fact that sperm count and semen volume have decreased drastically over the last 20-30 years," says Derek Criddle, a regular contributor for the male fertility website Biggerloads.
"Health and nutrition are almost always at fault. There are a number of foods that males should eat, and avoid eating, in order to provide the right conditions for sperm production. Stress is also another big factor."
Your body needs certain nutrients to produce sperm. Foods rich in zinc are a good place to start, which is why oysters, which are very rich in zinc, are often associated with a boosted sex drive.
Other essential nutrients include selenium, lycopene, folic acid, water, and a number of vitamins.
A good place to start is to eliminate refined foods such as sugars and white flour. Quitting smoking is also very important not only for healthy sperm counts, but for overall health.
Trying to include more vegetables that are considered "leafy greens" is always a good idea, and this also applies when it comes to male ejaculate.
Good examples of foods that will give a boost to semen production include, but are not limited to: spinach, spirulina (seaweed), barley, lamb, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed oil, oysters, and poultry.
Taking a daily multivitamin is also a good idea, but will not compensate for a poor diet. There are also doctor approved supplements that can help raise men's fertility factor.
More information on increasing sperm count and semen volume can be found online at BiggerLoads.