If you’re trying to make a baby, ladies, you might want to hurry up before Spring is over! Why, you ask? Well, a new study shows that men produce healthier sperm in the cooler months. The new study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was done on close to 6500 men who were being treated for male infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The study shows that men produce healthier sperm in the Winter and Spring months! The study also shows that sperm quality decreases as the weather gets hotter, and sperm produced in the Summer and Fall months is of the lowest quality. How did they find this out?
Well, to understand how this study works, you have to understand the life cycle of a sperm. The entire production cycle of sperm takes around three months. So, sperm that was collected for the study, was really produced three months prior.
The study found that the sperm that was produced in the cooler months (Winter and Spring) were overall healthier. They had better motility, and a higher count of overall sperm. However, the sperm that were created during hotter months (Summer and Fall) showed a steady decrease in quality, but why is this the case?
Well, it has long been recommended for men who are trying to conceive to stay away from hot tubs, saunas, and wearing overly tight, hot clothing, so the situation might be similar in the changing seasons.
Scientists and researchers can’t say for sure why the quality of sperm differs during different times of the year, but they have their theories. One theory is that the hotter months lead to the decreased quality of the sperm, since the heat slows down sperm production.
This has been noted before in similar animal studies as well. There is still quite a bit of research that needs to be done on this topic however, to see just how the temperature, seasonal changes and shifts affect sperm production and sperm quality.
It is definitely not proven at this point, but couples who are trying to conceive should keep this in mind, and may want to adjust their “baby making schedules” accordingly. Of course, keep an eye out for more research on this topic, because we are sure to hear more on the subject as more research is performed.