Abnormal Sperm Morphology and Male Infertility

Abnormal Sperm Morphology and Male Infertility

Abnormal sperm is a very severe problem and it is nothing like low sperm count or low motility of the sperm. Low sperm count can be corrected in more ways than one. Some of these ways are extremely simple such as wearing boxers instead of briefs and following a healthy lifestyle.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

A few changes in day-to-day activities and diet can help you increase your sperm count. There is no doubt that some effort goes into treating low sperm count but when compared to abnormal sperm, it is a lot easier.

Low sperm count and low motility vs. abnormal sperm

80% of the fertility problems related to males are concerned with low sperm count. Low sperm count is thus a major problem and lifestyle changes can get rid of it. A few lifestyle changes may also help improve the quality of male sperm.

Next comes low motility. Treating low motility is difficult when compared to low sperm count but not as difficult as treating abnormal sperm. Sometimes the only cure to this problem is fertility treatment. You may need to choose among the various treatments such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.

Reason behind abnormal sperm

Abnormal sperm is usually plenty in number and highly motile but since it is not of the normal physiology, it fails to fertilize the egg. It can reach the destination fallopian tube with ease because it has no problems with movement and survival but it can’t fertilize the egg. Such sperm is no worse than having no sperm at all.

How to find treatments

It is important to know the reason behind abnormal sperm before looking into the treatment. Abnormal sperm may be due to internal conditions or external conditions. External conditions include unhealthy lifestyle, working in a harmful environment, and so on.

Internal conditions include kidney and liver disorders. Exposure to heat, radiations, any surgery, testicular failure, etc. are also causes of abnormal sperm. Another major cause is smoking. There is evidence that points to this.

Hence, if you smoke you should cease it immediately. It is important to be wary of all these, thus. More often than not it so happens that the cause is unknown and doctors simply can’t pinpoint the reason behind such abnormal sperm.

How to improve the quality of your sperm

There are a few things that you can do in order to improve the quality of your sperm. You can take nutritional or herbal supplements such as ginseng, zinc, lycopene, vitamin C, and so on. You should include foods containing these in your diet.

You should also follow a healthy lifestyle. There is no guarantee that these will work but they are healthy foods and you must try them. Also, what may work for someone may not work for you. However, these don’t cost you much especially when compared to fertility treatments.

Thus it is a great idea to try these methods and see if your sperm quality improves. If not and you still can’t get pregnant, then you may wish to resort to fertility treatments, which are expensive and might work in your favor. Some of these include artificial insemination using a sperm donor and IVF using a sperm donor again.

Your doctor will be able to help you out with medication and the tests involved to find out the cause. Once you know the cause, it might be easier to eradicate the problem but as aforesaid, sometimes the reason is not known at all.

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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.