Can protein powder and supplements affect male fertility?


There is a lot of advice on how to boost male fertility by avoiding alcohol and smoking, as well as losing some weight, but no one discusses fitness supplements. It is undoubtedly a not-to-do list when considering having a child. A short pilot trial of 20 men undergoing fertility therapy discovered that avoiding protein powders for an average of 4.5 months was related to a 2.6 times increase in sperm concentration. 

Let’s discuss types of supplements and their harmful effects

Impact of Anabolic steroids on male sperm count

Anabolic steroids are used to increase body muscle mass mainly used by athletes and bodybuilders. It has immense side effects such as addiction, prostate cancer and especially erectile dysfunction in men.

Impact of Pre-workout supplements and caffeine on male fertility

These supplements are often strong in caffeine and are intended to offer an energy boost to get you ready for high-intensity activities. Caffeine has been proven in studies to decrease male reproductive function, which is assumed to be due to DNA damage within the sperm head.

If you’re planning for a baby, it’s usually better to avoid caffeine as much as possible and keep in mind that caffeine isn’t only in your pre-workout pill.

Many of you might think I don’t use any kind of steroids, I just use protein powder, it can’t affect my fertility.

Protein powder does have an impact on male fertility because it has a possibility that it can be loaded with anabolic steroids. According to a study conducted in 2000, it shows that protein powder purchased from different countries contained an undeclared higher number of anabolic steroids. This can immensely affect your health especially when you are trying to conceive.

Alternatives to protein powder…

Many individuals who rely on protein drinks should avoid them before attempting to conceive by substituting them with nutritious protein-rich meals like eggs, sprouts, cheese, yoghurt, fish, and so on.