It is customary to put all the responsibility for the health of the offspring on the woman’s body, because she is the one who carries the baby. But the father-to-be’s sperm also plays an important role in the conception process, so its quality is extremely important. To take care of your health and that of your unborn child, a number of examinations are necessary.
STAGE ONE – AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN ANDROLOGIST
An andrologist, or urologist, is one of the most important specialists for fathers-to-be. Do not hesitate to tell your doctor in detail about any complaints, pre-existing conditions or hereditary predisposition to them, as your chances of becoming a happy father depend on it.
STAGE TWO: TESTS
Essential for a complete check-up:
- a urine test to find out about diseases of the genitourinary system;
- a test for STIs, which can be asymptomatic and can cause serious harm to the fetus;
- a general and biochemical blood test that reveals hidden inflammations, chronic diseases or abnormal blood cell counts;
- tests for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.
You will also undergo a mandatory test for TORCH infections, which are the most dangerous for the embryo:
- toxoplasmosis and others.
An important factor is your blood type and Rh factor – their incompatibility with the mothers can cause a Rh conflict or immunological rejection of the embryo. This is a serious but solvable problem for modern medicine.
There is no urgent need to have a spermogram if you have had a check-up during your treatment and it is relatively recent. However, it is advisable to find out the state of your sperm – motility, number and quality of spermatozoa are important for conception, and these indicators can fluctuate seriously over a short period of time. To prepare yourself for the test, you should stop taking alcohol, medicines (by consulting your doctor), spicy or spicy food for four days before the test. Also abstain from sexual intercourse during this period – the ejaculate will be more productive and the test will be reliable. Also avoid excessive physical activity and stress.
If you are planning to have a baby, take care of your health – eat right, give up bad habits, because they will affect the health of the unborn child. This is the first step towards becoming a responsible, loving father. This is extremely important because 35% of infertility cases are related to male health and can often be resolved with a healthy lifestyle.