Obesity and Fertility: Why Losing that Beer Gut Could Save your Sperm Count

Talking about fertility can be tough. Talking about losing weight isn’t too much fun either.  So this one is a double whammy. But if you’re trying to be a dad, being the (literal) elephant in the room could be significantly hurting your chances of getting pregnant.

Testicular Cancer and Infertility – Know Your Risks

Testicular Cancer is the #1 most diagnosed cancer in men aged 15-34. Nearly 10,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed and 400 will die from TC this year.

How long does it take to increase sperm count?

You may not realize it, but your sperm count is constantly in flux.  It goes up and down as changes in your health, habits, and the world around you impact your body’s ability to produce sperm.

Keeping “Trak” of Your Sperm Count after Cancer Treatment

Men who have low sperm counts are at somewhat higher risk to develop cancer compared to men with a more normal amount of sperm.

How Your FSA or HSA Can Help Save Money when Trying to Conceive

You may already know expenses related to the birth of a child are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), However, what you may not know is, these savings can start earlier in your baby planning process to take away a little of that financial stress.

What's Behind the Decline in Sperm Count? Trak studies 10K men for the answer.

What’s behind the decline in sperm counts? Trak’s Findings From 10,000+ Men

In May 2015, we launched a Male Fertility Risk Assessment tool on our brother website

3 Surprising Facts About How Smoking Weed Impacts Your Sperm

Does smoking weed lower your sperm count? We get this question, a lot. In short, possibly.

The skinny on bodybuilding and male fertility

Many bodybuilders use performance-enhancing substances like anabolic steroids and HGH to help build muscle mass.  In addition to other unwanted side effects like liver damage, acne, and gynecomastia (man boobs), most steroids will cause your testicles to shrink and stop doing what they want to do – making sperm.

Yes, sperm counts are plummeting

Researchers found that from 1973 to 2011, sperm counts dropped 53% (1.4% per year) and show no sign of “leveling off” anytime soon.

What does heat do to your sperm?

Sperm cells are some of the most sensitive cells in the body. Not only do they need an environment free of toxins and a very specific set of vitamins- they're also incredibly sensitive to temperature.

How Does Diet Affect Sperm Count?

How you fuel your body determines how well it will perform.  This is especially true when it comes to reproductive health.  A balanced diet can help boost sperm count and improve motility and morphology.

How Trak can guide your journey to fatherhood

Do you want to be a dad?  Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

Are you at risk?

Sperm count isn't set in stone. Small changes to your health and habits can make a major impact in your sperm count. Here are the five biggest risk factors that can drastically damage your fertility:

Why Tracking Sperm is a Good Idea

I've never been much of "healthy person". In fact, "healthy people" have always found a way to rub me just the wrong way. Whether it be Whole Foods, Kale, or their latest religion (Crossfit), I generally find health crazes and those who follow them insufferable.

Get the most out of Trak (Part 1: Test)

Trak is more than just a home test kit - it’s a whole new approach to fertility that can help you maximize your sperm production and tilt the odds of conception into your favor.

Get the most out of Trak (Part 2: Learn)

Think of Trak the same way you think about your bathroom scale when you’re trying to get in shape – instead of shedding some pounds you’re going to Trak yourself to into elite sperm producing shape.

Get the most out of Trak (Part 3: Improve)

Now that you can measure it, you can improve it.  Sperm count is kind of a unique health parameter, in that it can rise and fall, ebb and flow for a lot of different reasons.  With Trak we want to arm you with the tools you need to optimize your sperm health.

3 Tips To Maximize Your Sperm Count This Summer

Several large-scale research studies show that sperm counts decline during the hot summer months and recover during the fall and winter.  Let’s explore how higher temperature and longer days may contribute to reduced sperm count.

How Often Should You Test Your Sperm Count?

At Trak, we not only want to help you test your sperm count, we want to give you the tools you need to optimize your sperm production and boost your chances of conception.

Top 5 Tips for Boosting Sperm Count

For many men, small lifestyle changes can lead to a major boost in their sperm count. Managing your weight, avoiding not-so-sperm-friendly toxins, and being aware of heat exposure to your nether regions can all help improve your fertility. Here are our top 5 tips for boosting sperm count

How to Collect a Semen Sample

Let’s start with the bright side – collecting your semen is way better than getting your blood drawn. Some might call the collection process the best part. And most guys would probably consider themselves a “subject matter expert” in semen collection based on decades of first-hand experience honing their craft.

Sperm: The Sixth Vital Sign

When you think about standard medical tests you probably think blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, etc.  These are general tests that physicians rely on to flag potential underlying conditions such as risk of heart attack or stroke.

How Many Sperm Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

Sperm are constantly in danger. Inside the testicle it takes a sperm about 72 days to go from a germ cell to a fully mature sperm cell capable of fertilizing an egg.

What Is An Optimal Sperm Count?

Your Trak System conveniently categorizes your sperm as Low, Moderate, or Optimal for pregnancy.  To help you understand what these results mean, let’s dive into the science and statistics behind fertility population research.

Beef Up Your Diet to Beef Up Your Sperm

Getting in touch with his inner carnivore is great for his sperm. Beef is high in L-carnitine - an amino acid that protects sperm cells - and selenium.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Sperm Count?

Smoking leads to a whole host of medical problems, from the obvious ones like cancer, emphysema, and heart disease to the lesser-known conditions, like impotence, hormonal imbalances, and dramatically decreased sperm quality.

What Infections Cause Male Infertility?

A variety of treatments are available to men whose fertility has been adversely affected by infections. If an active infection is ongoing it should be diagnosed and treated with the help of a physician.

How does soy impact male fertility?

Soy is often thought to be a healthy alternative to other foods. Since soy is a plant-based protein, many assume it's a healthier option. However, certain chemicals contained in the soy plant can impact male fertility.

National Infertility Awareness Week - Flip the Script

Male Fertility Matters | National Infertility Awareness Week 2018

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), and, at Trak Fertility, we are thrilled to join Resolve, our partners, customers, and the entire fertility community to help #FlipTheScript and change how others view infertility. Let’s start by correcting a few of the most common misconceptions about male fertility:

Stress & Sperm: How a busy life can interfere with baby making

Humans are well adapted to handle life’s challenges. If our bodies sense a threat they rise to the occasion by altering our physiology with a shot of adrenaline and an uptick in heart rate to prepare us to either fight or run for our lives.

Top 20 Sperm Superfoods

Diet is one of the first things people try to improve to help their fertility. For good reason. There is strong evidence that a healthy diet can improve fertility in both men and women. Sperm are particularly sensitive to what you eat.

Sex Tips While Trying to Conceive

Sex can get ridiculous when you are trying to conceive. From trying to find that perfect moment just before ovulation to standing on your head to keep all those little swimmers in there...