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The health of a man can affect his ability to have healthy children now and in the future. If you are planning a pregnancy with your partner, there are many factors that can affect your fertility. Learn what you can do now so that you are healthy and ready if and when you choose to have a child. Start by exploring the concepts of reproductive life planning, healthy body, healthy mind and healthy environment.

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Keeping your body strong and healthy helps you look and feel good. It can also help improve your fertility.
Your health is also affected by the environment in which you live. Avoid exposures that can cause infertility by damaging sperm or lowering sperm counts.
Take care of your emotional and mental health. A healthy mind is important for your personal well-being and can also affect the health of your future children and family.
Nearly half of pregnancies in California are not planned and could happen at a time when a man's health or social situation is not ideal for becoming a father. An important step to decide when to have children and prevent unintended pregnancies is making a Reproductive Life Plan.
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The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.
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