Men’s Reproductive Health Protecting Your Reproductive Fluid from Toxic Ingredients

Men’s Reproductive Health: Protecting Your
Reproductive Fluid from Toxic Ingredients
Men who are interested in reproductive health (and what red-blooded male
isn’t?) want to keep their reproductive fluid in good health, especially if
fatherhood is in the future plans. But protecting a man’s reproductive fluid
may be harder than a guy thinks. It turns out that men are routinely exposed
to elements every day which can have a cumulative impact on reproductive
fluid health and production.
New study
For example, in a recent study, researchers collected both reproductive fluid
and urine samples from more than 300 men who were patients at an
infertility clinic.
Once they had the samples, the scientists took the reproductive fluid and ran
tests to determine the level of quality from each sample. They then looked at
the urine samples and tested those to determine the levels of 5 different
“parabens,” additives that are often used in personal grooming products like
toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, cosmetics, etc.
When they compared results, they found that if a man had high levels of
parabens, he was much more likely to have a lower quality of reproductive
fluid. This lower level of reproductive fluid quality meant the reproductive
fluid might be poorly shaped and might not travel well inside the woman.
Higher levels of one particular paraben (called butylparaben) indicated a
greater chance of DNA damage to the reproductive fluid. (The other
parabens studied were ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben and
propylparaben.)
Pthalates, too
Parabens aren’t the only chemical ingredients a guy needs to look out for.
Many grooming and beauty products may also contain ingredients known as
phthalates, which can do damage to reproductive fluid. The big problem
with phthalates is that it’s hard for consumers to identify them; they are
often just listed as “fragrances” (which can cover a wide range of
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ingredients) without being specifically identified as phthalates. Lower
reproductive fluid counts, irregular shapes and poor movement are thought
to be associated with too much exposure to phthalates.
Pthalates do tend to turn up more often in female cosmetic products, but
they’re present in some grooming products for men, too.
And hair dye
To complicate things even more, there’s also lead acetate, another ingredient
found in some grooming products. This is often included in hair coloring
products, which more and more men are using nowadays.
What to do
In most (but not all cases), the amount of “reproductive fluid-toxic”
ingredients in any one product is not enough not cause problems from a
single use. However, repeated use, and the presence of ingredients in
multiple products, can create a cumulative effect, such as that reported in the
study cited above.
So if a guy wants to help protect his reproductive fluid quality, the first thing
he should do is read the labels of his various grooming and health products
to see if they list parabens, phthalates, lead acetate, etc. If they do, he then
needs to investigate alternatives. Many health and beauty products are now
made by companies that use only natural ingredients; a guy should still read
the labels, but hopefully he can find replacements that are equally effective.
Keeping reproductive fluid healthy is only part of being in excellent
reproductive health. Maintaining the general well-being of the manhood
through the use of an excellent male organ health crème (health
professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven
mild and safe for skin) is also advised. Men should read the ingredients
label of these crème options as well and find one with L-arginine. This
amino acid helps produce nitric oxide, which in turns helps open up blood
vessels. Be sure the ingredients list also includes vitamin C. This popular
vitamin is valuable for its role in collagen production, a tissue in the body
that gives skin its tone and elasticity and is vital for intimate performance.
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