At Trak, we focus on arming men with personalized insights and guidance to maximize their sperm production to try to get pregnant. Men’s nutrition, activity levels, toxin exposures, sleep quality, etc. can all be adjusted to maximize sperm production and chances of getting pregnant.

But what about things that are outside of our control. Like… the weather?

Research is now unveiling all sorts of interesting findings on this topic. Here’s a quick rundown on how the environment, and calendar, might impact your fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

Even if you’re just beginning to try to get pregnant, Trak is a great place to start.

There Are Times of the Year When You’re More Likely to Get Pregnant

New research presented at the 2018 American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting found that, after looking at 29,000+ men over a 17 year time span, sperm counts tend to be highest in the Fall and Spring and lowest in the Summer.

Why? It’s difficult to say, but the researchers suggest that cooler temperatures likely contribute.  As well as men’s different physical activity levels at different parts of the year.

Lead Researcher on the study, Dr. Taraneh Nazem from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, told the Telegraph:

“Maybe autumn and spring are just a little bit more balanced, the temperatures are a more mild and people are still out and about and more physically active than in the winter.They could still be eating healthily from the summer. There’s something about these in-between seasons when people are preparing or recovering from the two extremes of winter and summer.

Men should evaluate their lifestyle habits in these seasons, especially diet and exercise, and attempt to maintain a similar lifestyle throughout the year.”

This wasn’t the first study looking at seasonal changes in sperm quality in men trying to get pregnant.

A 2013 study of 6,000+ men found that sperm quality is highest during the winter months followed by a steady decline throughout the spring and summer. A 2003 study also found that sperm count tends to peak during the winter months. Are you ready to test your sperm?

Also, did you know that September 9th is the most common birthday? In fact, September is the most common birth month, further supporting that fertility peaks in the fall and winter time.

So… cooler weather seems to help sperm production. But wait, does that mean…

Climate Change Might Be Killing Sperm Counts And Ability to Get Pregnant

Earlier this year, researchers at UCLA looked at 80 years of US data and found that birth rates dropped significantly 9 months following heat waves.  Is that because people have less sex when it’s hot out? Actually, people seem to have MORE sex when it’s hot out.  The trend seems to point toward a reduction in sperm count when the weather is hot, and if the Earth continues to get warmer, sperm counts could continue to drop and it could get harder to get pregnant. Simply due to the weather.

“I’m Not a Meteorologist. What Does This Have to Do With My Fertility?”

Don’t be alarmed. Global weather trends are out of your control. If you’re a guy trying to be a dad, let’s focus on you and your options under your control to maximize your chances of conception.  

Trak can help you test and start improving your fertility at home. If you haven’t already, take our free Male Fertility Assessment Quiz to find out what risks you might have and what steps can help you optimize your sperm production.  And use your Trak System to test yourself at home.

But hey – we’re also headed into the cool fall and winter months when sperm counts naturally reach their peak.  So for those of us trying to make babies, let’s take advantage of the brisk air and chilly nights to maximize our fertility game.

Here’s hoping for an extra frosty winter. Good luck guys!

P.S. – Have you seen an uptick in your sperm count during the frosty fall and winter months? We want to hear about it. Share your story here!