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Fertility Guide For Men

There are a lot of couples right now facing infertility problems compared to a few decades ago. The common misconception is that when a couple can’t have a baby, the problem is with the female. This is wrong because according to a study, 40% of fertility issue comes from men and another 40% comes from women. The remaining 20% is either unknown or the issue is coming from both parties.

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Male infertility could be any of the following problems:

  • Sperm Motility – It is the ability of the sperm to swim through. Low in motility could mean that your sperm is unable to reach the egg.
  • Varicocele – It is a condition where the veins in the scrotum are dilated.
  • Too much xenoestrogen exposure
  • Urethral Stricture – It is the narrowing of the urethra.
  • Undescended testis/testes (cryptorchidism)  It is when the testicle hasn’t moved in the scrotum before birth.
  • Low sperm count– This the most common problem. It is the inability of the testes to produce enough sperm.

Here are some statistics about men infertility from World Health Organization:

  • 85 % of infertility are treated with medications or surgery with the reproductive organs.
  • A very small percentage of couples attempt IVF (in vitro fertilization) which costs around $10,000.  Another downside of this solution is that the success rate is ranging from 10 to 20% only.
  • 10 to 20% of men have low sperm count.
  • Around 2 to 3% of men can’t produce sperm at all.
  • 15% of the population within the reproductive age population have been affected by infertility.

Before going to the doctor you might want to learn how to increase fertility naturally. Start with eating foods rich in Zinc and vitamin E. These foods are oysters, lean beef, legumes and nuts. For vitamin C you can eat citrus fruits. Completely avoid coffee, alcohol, tobacco and tea. Keep your weight in control. Loss of sex drive is due to food deprivation.

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6 Reasons To Start A Rooftop Garden

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Thinking about starting a rooftop garden, but not sure if all that work is worth it? Here are six reasons to go for it.

1. Rooftop gardens keep your building cooler.

In the summer, black tar roofs do nothing but absorb heat. Even shingles and other residential roofing materials hang on to heat like the sun might turn off tomorrow. A rooftop garden is a natural way to reduce your cooling costs in the summer because all plant matter absorbs what it needs and reflects the rest.

2. Growing your own food is cheaper and healthier than buying it at the store.

If you start early, you can have an entire vegetable garden for under ten bucks. Seed packets are incredibly cheap, and if you use recycled containers or plant bed material and free community soil, your start-up costs will more than be paid for with your first harvest.

If you’ve ever felt guilty about buying those tomatoes from Peru that used all that fossil fuel to get here, all you have to do is climb some stairs for your salad. Growing your own food guarantees that it’s “organic” and that you’re supporting fair labor practices. After all, you wouldn’t work so hard on starting a rooftop garden if it wasn’t going to pay in the end, right?

3. You can get a grant to offset start-up costs.

Organizations like Green Roofs give out big money to big buildings to start rooftop gardens. If you’re trying to convince your office building, hospital, college, or high-profile landmark building to go greener, you might be able to sway the higher-ups with a sweet grant. Other organizations give environmental awards to buildings that start rooftop gardens.

If you’re a homeowner, you may be able to write your start-up costs off on your taxes. Talk to your accountant (or your random H &R Block employee) about your rooftop garden to find out if it qualifies for a home improvement or a business expense. Some large cities also offer subsidies and tax incentives.

4. You’ll be the only city person with a suntan in April.

Starting a rooftop garden means lots of work in the beginning, but think about great you’ll look with your toned arms and a tan when everyone else is still wearing sweaters.

5. You’ll have a quiet place to relax.

Why go out for cocktails when you’ll have your own oasis right above you? The library will have nothing on your new reading space. Even better, your roommate’s poker games and 3:00 a.m. computer sound effects won’t touch you in your sanctuary. The rooftop garden you create can become a silent, calming place in the middle of urban chaos. Think about how much money you’ll save on headache medicine.

6. You’ll provide a little sanctuary for the birds and bees.

Sure, you can get it on in your rooftop garden o’ love, but I was speaking literally. With all the talk about migrating birds not having anywhere to stop for a rest and bees disappearing, starting a rooftop garden is a small but important way to do your part for these small creatures.

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