A lot of things can have an effect on your fertility – exposure to certain substances in your environment of workplace is one of them. According to several researches, fertility of men who are exposed to various substances at work, including lead, solvents, pesticides and radiation, gets affected in the long term. Exposure to these substances may lead to decreased sperm production.
If you or your spouse are taking a long time to conceive than you expected, it may be connected to the type of work you do. Here is what you should know about the effects of certain workplaces on your fertility:
- Hot environment and Fertility
Heat has a direct relation to the production of a healthy sperm. The optimal temperature for sperm production is a few degrees below normal body temperature. Working long hours in hot environments such as a bakery, or a workshop, or a factory for casting metal, may adversely affect production of healthy sperm in men.
- Office Jobs and Fertility
Office work that involves sitting still for long periods can also lead to overheating of testicles in men. Even a job that involves driving long distances could affect the quality of your sperm. Men should also avoid sitting with a laptop on their lap for long periods to keep their sperm quality from deteriorating.
- Chemical Exposure and Fertility
Certain pesticides used in farm, forestry and agriculture have been linked to poor semen quality and decrease in fertility. Solvents and hydrocarbons used in plastics, painting and printing industries have also been linked to lower sperm counts, and increased numbers of abnormal sperm. Solvents such as glycol esters have been found to affect the creation of healthy sperm. Apart from these, exposures to heavy metals like lead, cadmium, manganese and mercury have been shown to lower sperm counts.
- Radiation and Fertility
Radiation can adversely affect both male and female fertility. Our reproductive systems are extremely sensitive to radiation and can react when it is exposed regularly to the rays. A job that involves regular exposure to X-rays may increase your risk of having abnormal sperm and lower sperm counts.
Changes that can help at Workplace
Here are some things that you can do to avoid fertility issues due to workplace.
- Take regular breaks, get up and walk around if you have a job that involves long periods of sitting down. Try wearing loose-fitting clothes rather than tight pants or jeans to avoid overheating.
- Read instructions carefully before using pesticides to limit your exposure to them. Wear the right protective clothing and bathe after coming into contact with the chemicals.
- If you are exposed to chemicals or heavy metals in the workplace, it may be wise to change your clothes and shoes before coming home.
- If you are concerned about your work conditions, talk to your employer or the human resource department to request changes.
If you are worried that previous exposure to chemicals, or other potential hazards of your job may have a bearing on your chances of conception, talk to our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles. As far as possible, live an active lifestyle and eat well to make sure you have good chance of conceiving.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.