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Treatment Options for Low Sperm Motility
on Mar 17, 2013
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
If you can treat your low sperm motility problem with cheaper, easier treatments, shouldn’t you try them first?
Male fertility problem is mainly because of two reasons and these are: low sperm count and low sperm motility. When the semen does not have enough sperm, it is called low sperm count. This problem is extremely common among men. Closely following is the low sperm motility problem. In this case what happens is, the sperm barely make progress once they are ejaculated into the vagina. Normal sperm are quick and as soon as they are ejaculated, they swim as fast as possible through the vagina into the fallopian tube in order to fuse with the egg and to fertilize it. When the sperm fail to move, they perish in the vagina itself and the egg is not fertilized. In some cases, the sperm move but at very low speed, which is not enough and they perish on their way. Medical treatments to treat this problem are few but there are some easier natural options that you could go for. There is no guarantee that they will work but there is no harm in trying them either. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
If you go for medical treatments, know that it will cost you a lot. One of the most common procedures for low sperm motility is intrauterine insemination. Through this process the sperm is deposited directly near the egg and thus, there is no need for the sperm to move. Another procedure is IVF in which the eggs are fertilized under lab conditions. Even in this case there is no need for the sperm to swim and thus, these treatments are usually successful. However, if you can treat your problem with cheaper, easier treatments, shouldn’t you try them first?
Here are the main factors that cause sperm motility. Avoiding them can improve motility, thus eliminating the need for expensive treatments.
Extreme heat can be very harmful to your testicles as a result of which faulty sperm are produced. Thus, you should avoid heat as much as possible. Stay away from saunas, hot baths, and whirlpools. Also wear comfortable and light underwear. It should not be too tight because tight underwear can also produce unwanted heat.
Too much of anything is too bad and the rule stands for sex too. You should give a gap of at least two days because too frequent sex can also decrease the motility of your sperm. You should only have sex everyday if the fertility window is only of three to four days. In other cases, intercourse every two days or three days is ideal.
Not following proper diet can lead to a hoard of problems. Low sperm motility is among these problems. Your diet should be healthy and it should include nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B12, etc. If you are deficient, you may also take nutritional supplements to meet your body’s requirements.
There has been considerable evidence to suggest that heavy metals play a role in the quality of sperm. Thus you should detoxify your body by avoiding a few foods such as iodized salt, sea fish, and so on. If you can drink distilled water, it is even better.
Stress is the root cause of all evil. It causes a number of health problems. Taking too much stress can affect your fertility adversely. Thus you should relax and keep stress at bay. You can try yoga and meditation to calm yourself too. Also eliminate bad habits such as smoking and alcohol abuse. These are contributing factors too.
If nothing seems to help, go to the doctor and check out the fertility treatments offered, their costs, and their requirements in order to make an informed decision.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.