Overview of Sperm and Fertility

Overview of Sperm and Fertility

A lot of people are under the sad impression that fertility issues are only among women and there are no problems with men. This is a deluded thought because about 40% of the fertility issues relate to men. 20% of the cases, the problem is with the woman as well as the man. Thus, male fertility issues are pretty common. In men the problem usually relates to the sperm. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It may either be the count of the sperm or its motility or both in some cases. Thus, it is not a good idea to rule out male fertility issues if you are having a problem with pregnancy. Both of you should get tests done to find out who has the problem. There may be a problem with the sperm too.

Low sperm count

Usually, it is the sperm count that causes a problem. Many men have low sperm count and in fact, this is among the most common problems of male fertility today. Adequate sperm count is very important because if the sperm count is low, chances of at least a few surviving the journey from the vagina to the fallopian tube are very low.

In most cases, no sperm survives long enough to finish the journey and to ultimately fertilize the egg. This is the reason why pregnancy issues arise. When the sperm count is high, one can be sure that at least a few will make it through and one will reach the egg. This is why one must be very careful and must maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to have proper sperm count. Getting careless about health and diet can lead to low sperm count.

Low sperm motility

The next common problem in relation to male fertility is low sperm motility. Even if the sperm count is ideal, low sperm motility is sad news. The sperm simply won’t be able to make it in time to the egg and will perish beforehand.

The sperm need to be quick in order to overcome hindrances such as the acidic environment of the vagina. Low motility sperm either don’t move at all or don’t move at a respectable speed. Both these conditions are problematic and will lead to problems in conception.

Abnormal sperm

Another problem relating to sperm is abnormal sperm. There may be a problem in the physiology of the sperm. For example, its shape may not be normal. There may be a few other defects too, because of which the sperm is abnormal.

Even if there are plenty of sperm and their motility is superb, they won’t be able to fertilize the egg upon reaching their destination. This is the reason why having abnormal sperm is just as bad as not having any sperm at all or having sperm that is not adequately motile.

Lifestyle changes

It is extremely important for men to take care of their diet in order to make sure their body gets the required nutrients. Alongside, staying hydrated is essential. You should follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking, drinking, and too much caffeine.

You should have a healthy sex life too. You can choose nutritional and herbal supplements to meet your body’s requirements too. In case of abnormal sperm you should consult your doctor for the necessary medication or treatments. There are only a blessed few treatments and they are usually on the expensive side.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
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.