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Should dh stop taking baths?

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I'm thinking it would be a good idea for dh to stop heating up his testicles in the bath tub. He's usually the one to take a bath with our toddler, but I'm sure that it's not good for the sperm (and I'm starting to pull out all the stops on TTCing). I don't think he has to stop totally. Does anyone know how long this kind of thing can affect testicles? What if he starts the baths again after I ovulate and through to CD1? Would that give his sperm supply enough time to recover?
I somehow think that no one will know the answer to this...
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Of course I can't find it now, but...

I read that anything that happened up to 3 months ago will affect sperm quality/quantity. This was in reference to getting accurate SA results. The way I understood it, if you have a low motility and/or low count (on a single SA) and could account for an extremely high temperature 3 months ago (fever) then the results were probably due to the fever and not necessarily an on going problem.

On the other hand, if there isn't an existing problem, and no red flags I'm not sure this info is really helpful in your situation.
That's interesting. I'll have to look into that. I think the problem is mostly me, but I thought it would be good to make sure that he's doing all he can, too.
Janine, I highly doubt that the water in the bath your dh is taking with your toddler is high enough to kill off sperm. Children aren't usually bathed in Hot Tub like temperatures, afterall.

Basically, the rule of thumb I have heard is: if it makes you sweat, it's too hot. (This applies to men and women who are TTC and women who are pregnant). A warm bath (that does not produce sweat) is fine.

I've read it can hurt his counts. Warm is probably fine. He won't kill everything either - it just may lower his counts.

KaliD is right - It takes 3 mos for sperm to mature.
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