Is Your Dad Bod Keeping You From Becoming A Dad? A Guys Guide to Fertility and Weight Loss
By Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM on Mon, Apr 17 2017
If you have been trying to conceive for a while and have a bit of a spare tire around your midsection, you may want to think about dropping some pounds! Many studies have shown how a woman's weight can have a negative outcome for both fertility and pregnancy. Weight also effects mens fertility. For every 20 pounds a guys is over weight it will reduce the chances of conceiving by 10% as well as increase the chances of their partners miscarrying.
Overweight Men Have Lower Testosterone
Having testosterone in an ideal range is extremely important. Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone is low sex drive, poor sperm parameters, decrease in muscle strength, reduced muscle mass as well as weight gain. Not only will extra weight decrease your testosterone but it also causes you to gain MORE weight.
A Mans Weight Effects Their Children Genetics:
Men who are over weight will affect their childrens metabolic and reproductive characteristics in a negative way. This happens with epigenetic changes in men who have a high BMI. Studies have shown that obesity in men causes reprogramming of sperm cells which is then passed on to the egg when creating an embryo. This can be mitigated if men loose the extra weight.
There is hope for Men Trying To Conceive!
One of the best things you can do is loose weight when the scale shows you being a few pounds north of your ideal weight. Acupuncture is a great tool to help with weight loss and at Acubalance we do offer a weight loss program. When combining acupuncture with a lifestyle and diet regime we often see changes quickly. When both partners are over weight pregnancy rates increase even in those couples where only the man looses weight.
Acupuncture is also very effective at treating male fertility, even without weight loss. Studies have shown that acupuncture treatment creates a significant improvement in total function and viability of sperm per ejaculate.
To read success stories men have had please take some time to go through these. They are written by some of our male patients who managed to conceive using our program. If you are trying to concieve and feel your Dad Bod may be decreases the chances of a pregnancy please call to learn more about our approach to male fertility and weight loss. We offer free 15 minute phone consultations to help you understand the options available too you.
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM