At times, trying to get pregnant can be fun. From having lots of sex with your partner to daydreaming about baby names, the journey to pregnancy can be a pretty exciting time. Even with the more fun moments, however, trying to conceive can become pretty stressful when trying to create the ideal baby-making environment. Tracking your cycle, measuring your basal body temperature, and scheduling sex can zap all of the fun out of the process. Another annoying task — trying to determine what's the ideal sperm temperature for conception?
When couples are having trouble getting pregnant, it's common to look to the woman as the source of the problem. But this isn't always the case. According to Fit Pregnancy, 40 percent of the time, a couple's fertility troubles are the result of a male issue. Although diet, smoking, and even cell phone overuse can have an effect on the volume and quality of your man's sperm, it's also important that his little swimmers maintain an ideal temperature for successful conception to take place.
According to Fit Pregnancy, sperm thrive at a normal body temperature (around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), but only for a short period of time. According to Scientific American, sperm remain viable for up to four hours, which is the average time it should take to travel through the fallopian tubes to a woman's uterus to fertilize the egg. Once the temperature rises above that magic number, however, the sperm lose their baby-making ability.
If you're worried about your partner's sperm overheating, you can rest easy, as his body is designed to keep his little swimmers at the ideal temperature for fertilization. Scientific American noted that the testicles store sperm and protect their viability. They are specifically designed to draw up near the man's body when it gets too cold and relax when it gets too hot.
Each ejaculation generally produces an average of 200 million sperm, according to CBS News' website. And fortunately, it only takes one to beat the odds and fertilize an egg to result in pregnancy. Parents suggested your partner maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption to help keep his sperm in tip top shape. If you're still having trouble getting pregnant, consult with your doctor.