Infertility has been an issue for couples almost since mankind began, but until very recently, most of the blame was placed squarely on women's shoulders. (As if we didn't have enough to feel guilty about.) No one thought too much about how to improve male fertility. Ancient history is filled with bizarre and downright outrageous theories about infertile women; as Bustle reported, an inability to have children was often blamed on evil spirits, abnormal wombs, or simply a punishment from God for sinful behavior. And let's not even get into the stigmatization of women who had only daughters. SMH.
Only in the past couple of centuries have science and society acknowledged that infertility can be a guy's problem, too, thank you very much. In fact, as the Mayo Clinic website explained, male fertility is a complex business involving sperm quantity, quality, health, and movement. When any of these factors becomes compromised — through illness, infection, medical conditions such as diabetes, or hormonal imbalance — the little swimmers may not be healthy, plentiful, or fast enough to fertilize an egg and get the miracle of life started.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve both women's and men's chances of conceiving. If you and your partner have been TTC without success, of course seeing your doctor should be the first step. But if your guy is looking for some simple ways to boost his odds of becoming a dad, here are some super-easy (and science-backed) tips to try.