Reducing Your Risk of Infertility in Men
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Infertility cannot always be prevented, but there are ways to lower the risk.
Avoid Exposure to Harmful Chemicals and Heavy Metals
Chemicals and heavy metals at work or in the environment can lead to infertility. They are thought to disrupt hormone function. Avoid exposure to these chemicals. Use protective gear on the job.
Preserve Fertility Before Certain Cancer Treatments
Some cancer treatments can affect fertility. Sperm may be collected before treatment and stored for future use.
Have Regular Physical Exams
Regular physical exams can find and treat problems early before they affect fertility.
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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mary-Beth Seymour, RN
Last Updated: 11/12/2021
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