High Altitude Sperm Production! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro,

I travel a lot. My wife and I are trying to have a baby. I heard that sperm production is reduced at high altitudes. Will my frequent flying affect our chances? I know I could Google this but I prefer your answers.

Guy In The Sky


Dear GITS,

Studies have shown sperm production reduces at high altitudes but then, it returns after being at sea level for a bit.

What folks experience at high altitudes that more likely effects sperm production and motility is the lack of oxygen. As long as the plane you are on has proper air levels you should be fine.

The other thing to look out for is that sitting on your testicles (where your sperm is manufactured) can have a negative effect on baby making. Men in sedentary jobs like taxi drivers or office workers, tend to have more fertility issues.

By sitting for long hours on an airplane, you may have more difficulty conceiving than had you been sitting by the ocean. If there are not conscious efforts made to get up and let those boys swing free, yes, you could be interfering.

Also, stress levels affect sperm count. If your constant traveling is stressing out you or your wife, that is something to look into as well. To make lots of healthy sperm there may have to be some life style changes.

Avoid skinny jeans, alcohol, tobacco and those other drugs like marijuana and amphetamines. Increase exercise, fruits and vegetables and get some sleep. This will all give you more energy for the best part of babies: the making of!

Lust & Happiness,
Dr. Miro


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