Could Your Job be Damaging Your Fertility?

fertilityLuckily a contemporary working culture that embraces health and safety measures has done plenty to reduce exposure to dangerous toxins such as heavy metals, radiation and poisons. Despite the welcome emphasis on promoting well-being in the workplace, there are still a number of common factors that can have a significant negative impact on male fertility. Maximise your fertility by managing these three common occupational hazards, which can severely impact on your chances of achieving successful conception:


From sitting in one position for a long period of time to working with your laptop on your knee, any occupation that results in a warm crotch for protracted periods of time can create an environment that is too warm for sperm to thrive. Optimal sperm production occurs when the testes are a few degrees cooler than the rest of the body. Anything that increases their temperature significantly has the potential to reduce fertility.


A common result of frantic 21st Century life, there is plenty of research that indicates that men experiencing psychological distress due to work issues or other worries can experience reduced fertility. In addition to dealing with life’s challenges in a positive, healthy manner, many men also find that once their vasectomy reversal is successful, the enhanced psychological well-being they experience positively affects fertility and assists in eventual conception.

Poor interior air quality

An area of growing concern amongst scientists is the effect that the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from furniture, flooring and paintwork can have on a number of health issues, including fertility. Whilst the full impact of VOCs is a subject of ongoing research, it’s wise for men who’ve had a vasectomy reversal to avoid tasks involving prolonged contact with high VOC materials (fresh paint or new vinyl flooring, for example).

Thankfully for most men the working environment is now a relatively healthy one, however, fathers-to-be need to make taking care of themselves a priority, particularly following a vasectomy reversal. Minimising exposure to hazards that may damage fertility is also a good foundation for a healthy lifestyle that will have other positive benefits on well-being.