Does Having Sex a Lot Cause Low Sperm Count?

on Jan 13, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Does Having Sex a Lot Cause Low Sperm Count?

So many things can affect a man's sperm count. However, what about sex? Can having sex a lot cause low sperm count too?

Low sperm count in men is actually pretty common. It is one of the most common male fertility issues out there, and there are a ton of things that can affect sperm count. Lifestyle, genetics, diet, and more can affect a man’s sperm count. However, what about sex? Can having sex a lot cause low sperm count too? Today we are going to explore that topic and find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What’s normal?

Before we figure out if sex can decrease sperm count, we need to know what exactly is normal. The World Health Organization says that:

• There should be at least 20 million spermatozoa per ml to be in the normal range.
• There should be at least 2 ml of semen in the total volume to be in the normal range.
• There should be at least 40 million spermatozoa in the ejaculate to be in the normal range.
• A minimum of 75 percent of the spermatozoa should be alive to be in the normal range.
• A minimum of 30 percent of the spermatozoa should be normal shape and form to be in the normal range.
• A minimum of 50 percent of the spermatozoa should be swimming in a forward direction.

Sex and sperm count

With that said, it is pretty obvious that sex does impact a man’s sperm count, at least temporarily. Each time that a man ejaculates, his sperm count will be lower. It does take the body awhile to replenish that sperm count. Doctor’s don’t always agree on the time frame that it takes for sperm to be replenished, but the average time frame is around 24-48 hours. Of course, this amount of time can vary between men. Each man’s body is different, so there is no “right” number.

Too much sex?

The fact that having sex too much or too often can diminish sperm count can be confusing for a lot of couples who are trying to conceive. Most couples believe that the more sex they have will give them a greater chance of getting pregnant. While this is true, to a point, there must be time given in between to allow a man’s body to replenish his sperm count. Most doctors suggest that guys wait at least 36 hours between each ejaculation when they are trying to conceive to allow their bodies to build up their sperm count again.

The flip side

On the other side of the coin, it is also possible that a man who doesn’t ejaculate enough can have problems with male infertility as well. For lack of a better term, sperm that are “fresher” seem to be stronger and faster swimmers. Sperm that have been produced but remained in the body for awhile can be less viable. Doctors suggest that a man go no longer than a week between ejaculations in order to maintain his optimum fertility.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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  • kettlesyrup9

     My husband and I have one son, I have taken birth control for the past 5 years, everyone keeps saying the bc “has to get out of my system” what does this mean, I have been off of my bc pills for over an month now and have had a normal period, my husband and I attempted to concieve when I ovulated this month but don’t know if it was a success yet, the preg tests say im not preg, I don’t feel like I am but with my first son I didn’t know I was until I was 6 weeks, I have read that it may take up to a year for conception to occur, we take a gerotol mvi, we are healthy, neither of us drink nor smoke, what should I expect time wise?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Knowing that pregnancy is greatly possible as soon as you have stopped taking your birth control pills, you can already get pregnant as soon as you try to conceive. Aside from having a healthy lifestyle, I do recommend that you increase your sexual activity during your ovulation days to improve your likelihood of getting pregnant soon. You should also take fertility medication to boost your body’s fertility.

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  • Jooly

    My husband is 32yr old. We are planning for a child from past 1 year but could not conceive. His Sperm count is 8.0 millions/ml and Total Ejaculate is 33.0 millions. Regarding its
    mobility-Rapid progressive is 00%, Slow-prog is 38%, Non-progressive is
    7%, Immotile is 55%.MORPHOLOGY: Normal-26% ,Abnormals-Head defects-40%,
    Neck defects-28%, Tail defects-6%, Leucocytes: 2-3/hpf, Vitality:
    Live-49%, Dead-51%.Spillage was present. IMPRESSION:OligoAstheno

    Can this amount of sperm is sufficient for conception? Please
    kindly reply me to take further decisions. Suggest more tips on this.

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  • lida

    my age is 25
    the girth of pins is not much
    i do not feel its ejection
    and it takes only few seconds to leak semen

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  • marie

    I am currently on clomid and have taken 50 mg for 5 cycles and have not come out pregnant. On the 6th cycle my Dr increase me to 100mg of clomid and still not pregnant. My husband and I have sex during ovulation and no luck. Any suggestions?

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  • Bhunji

    hi , i & my husband trying of a yr after miscarriage in may2013, still we didn’t get any success ….. whats the matter didn’t understand we both are perfectly fit in health………. we do regular sex every otherday still didn’t get pregnant yet….. pls suggest

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  • John

    Solution to this prob?and my body comes down during sex,den I do have sex a lot ,mor dan 15 years I do it very day

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  • michael borg acosta

    Yay for fapping

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  • cathy

    My husband and I having sex every night. It is normal that 1 time while we having sex no sperm cell from out from him?

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  • Maruff Abdraheem

    Hello, I’m 39 years old and married. My wife doesn’t enjoy sex at all or let me say she doesn’t like it. I felt this affect me because I always have terrible stomach pain or ache that lasted for almost 2 to 3 weeks. We hardly have sex once in a month. This stomach problem is enormous, kindly help me on how my wife be more interested in having sex. She is 33 years now, having been together for almost 6 years, she cries most times during sex, it seems she doesn’t enjoys it. Is there any pills, fruit or food that she can take to help her situation. For me what can I do to suppress the stomach pain and do not like to masturbate. I’m seriously under pain as at the time of putting this text together please help me, I love my wife and I want more sex.

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  • josh

    My wife and I have been married for about 2years now. My wife and I has undergone series of test, every thing is just perfect. But for the past fews months now, my wife’s menstral cycle is no longer regular.

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  • tolly

    Plz which sex fertility lubricant would you recommend for me and my husband. His manhood is just too big (11 inches) and because of this it has been hell instend of fun during sex. We have have been married for about two years now but no issues yet. Could his size cause this? Though he did SA test and the result is perfect. I have have done HSG and it’s ok

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