Treatment Options for Low Sperm Motility

on Mar 17, 2013

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Treatment Options for Low Sperm Motility

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

Common procedures for low sperm motility

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?

Factors that cause sperm motility

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 sex

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.

Vitamin and mineral deficiency

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.

Heavy metals

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 and bad lifestyle

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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Treatment Options for Low Sperm Motility, 3.7 out of 5 based on 11 ratings

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.

  • Martinomario

    What are the best foods for increasing sperms

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  • Cj

    My husband has a very low sperm count (about 2.5million) and zero motility. Is it possible that a urinary tract infection I had a few years back is the cause? Also, what is the success rate of an IVF in this case?

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  • yogesh inamdar

    Maydam my sperm condition are the abnormal seman microscopi are two head sprem and some are dead

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  • oga@dtop

    Over some times (say 10 years) in the past, I had masturbated. Now, I release too quickly while having sex and the worst is that I do feel serious neural pains after sex. What can I do?

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  • kelvin chinga

    what are medicines for sperms to start swimming if un able to swimm

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  • royal gel, honey, walnuts, wheat germ

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  • better to use ginseng with royal gel capsules for at least 2 months

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  • from my experience the best herbs are: spirulina herb, nettle herb, and carcuma roots

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  • kelvin chinga

    All this type of medicine do they found in chemist best herbs spirulina herb, nettle herb, and carcuma roots. Regards
    Kelvin Tafuna Chinga

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  • oga@dtop

    is this available in Nigeria? I mean my country

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  • Sakthivel Velu

    Hi friend , i from india , i also same problem please give solutions my mail id

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  • V.P.

    Semen analysis report:-
    Abstinence- 7 days.
    Specimen- after 20 minutes.
    Qnty— 2.0 ml.
    Colour– grayish-white
    Reaction– alkaline.
    Viscosity– normal.
    Total sperm count- 8 million/ml.
    Basic motality- 35.0%
    At the end of 1 hour- 29.0%
    At the end of 2 hours- 23.0%
    At the end of 3 hours- 17.0%
    Morphology- 35.0%
    :Other data:
    Epithelial cells- few seen.
    Leucocytes- 2 to 4/H.P.F.
    Rede blood cells- not detected.
    Organisms- not detected.
    Test for fructose- :

    Please suggest me: it”s normal or very bad..?Mai kya karu..?

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