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Should we steer clear of the hot tub while trying to get pregnant?

Men who are trying to start a family should definitely avoid bathing in the hot tub on a regular basis or for long periods of time. When the testes are repeatedly exposed to heat, studies have shown a considerable drop in sperm count. A man’s sperm count may take four to six months to return to normal after a swim in the hot tub.

Heat exposure may also harm sperm DNA, according to some data. The testes of males are located outside the body for a reason: they require a colder environment in order to create healthy sperm.

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Hot tubs, bicycling, saunas, and wearing tight underwear, all of which generate heat near the scrotum, are probably fine in moderation. However, a man with a low sperm count may wish to avoid them when attempting to conceive with his spouse.

Although there is no evidence that heat affects a woman’s eggs, hot tubs and saunas are not suggested during pregnancy.

According to some research, increasing your body temperature during early pregnancy (for example, in a hot tub or sauna, or in a hot yoga class) increases your chance of neural tube birth abnormalities and other congenital malformations. Women who used hot baths early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to miscarry, according to a 2003 research.

If you truly want to be safe, avoid bathing in the hot tub while trying to conceive.

FAQ

  1. Does hot tub affect female fertility?

    Although there is no evidence that heat affects a woman’s eggs, hot tubs and saunas are not recommended during pregnancy.

  2. Are you more likely to get pregnant in a hot tub?

    No. Under the right circumstances, sperm can survive for a short time outside the body. The temperature in a hot tub, on the other hand, is too high for sperm to survive. Water is not a good element for sperm to survive in, even at body temperature in a bath tub.

  3. What should you avoid when trying to conceive?

  4. Can you go in a hot tub during the two week wait?

    If you still want to use the hot tub, soak for only a few minutes at a time, keep the water temperature below 101 degrees, and stay away from the jets, which are usually the hottest. The risk is almost non-existent once you’ve passed the first trimester. Allow yourself to be pampered during your pregnancy!

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