For Men

The health of a man can affect his ability to have healthy children now and in the future. If you are planning a pregnancy with your partner, there are many factors that can affect your fertility. Learn what you can do now so that you are healthy and ready if and when you choose to have a child. Start by exploring the concepts of reproductive life planning, healthy body, healthy mind and healthy environment.

*Information source: Every Woman California, CDC

For Teens & Women
Statistics
For Expectant Mothers
Things to do
For Men
For Providers

HEALTHY BODY

Staying physically healthy can help you feel your best so that you can continue to do the things you enjoy in life. Your health today is also linked to your ability to have healthy children in the future. There are many factors that affect your fertility, either by decreasing your sperm count or by creating abnormal sperm. These factors can make it difficult to have children and can affect the health of your future children. Here are some tips to stay healthy and ensure a healthy start for your family.

Here are some tips for keeping your body strong and healthy:

  • Achieve a healthy weight by eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and by exercising for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Visit your doctor once a year for health screenings and to treat medical conditions. Also learn about medications, sexually transmitted diseases, and vaccinations that can affect your health.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, and drugs. These can affect fertility.
  • Take care of your teeth and gums. Visit your dentist at least once a year.

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

You may already know some things you can do to stay healthy, but you may not know that your health is also affected by the environment in which you live and work. Certain substances and environmental factors can cause damage to sperm or cause infertility.

Here are some tips:
  • Avoid exposure to radiation or chemotherapy agents.
  • Avoid hot environments at work or during recreation.
  • Avoid environmental toxins that you may use during hobbies or work.

HEALTHY MIND

Your physical health is connected to your mental health. Taking care of your mental health can actually improve your physical healthy. In addition, your mental health affects the health of your partner and any children you may have.

Here are some tips to take care of your emotional and mental health and ensure a healthy start for your family.
  • Develop healthy relationships with your partner, family, and friends. 
  • Share responsibilities with your partner. Men play an important role in supporting the health of their partner before, during, and after pregnancy. 
  • Allow yourself to de-stress and get help for feelings of sadness or depression to achieve mental wellness.