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Low Sperm Count

6 Mar
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Sperm count can be necessary if you are trying to conceive. An abnormal sperm count can also indicate an underlying health condition.

The average sperm count ranges from 15million sperm to over 200 million sperm per 1 milliliter (mL) of semen. Less than 15 million sperm per milliliter, or 39 million sperm per ejaculate, is considered low. A low sperm count is often referred to as oligospermia. A high, or above average, sperm count is greater than 200 million sperm per milliliter.

Understanding semen analysis

Semen Analysis Test for the following:

  • Number of sperm (volume)
  • Shape/Health of sperm
  • Movement of sperm - Sperm Motility

Sperm count, shape and motility are important for testing a male factor infertility. Your doctor may recommend testing up to three samples of sperm at different visits to get an accurate analysis. 

Why does sperm count matter?

A healthy sperm count is often required while trying to conceive naturally. Although it only takes one sperm and one egg to get pregnant, having more quality sperm each month increases your chances of pregnancy.

Even if you're not attempting to conceive, your sperm count may indicate your general health. According to one study, males with low sperm counts had a higher percentage of body fat (larger waistline and higher BMI) and higher blood pressure than those with higher sperm counts. They also had a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome, which means they were more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

For these reasons, if you have a low sperm count, your primary care physician may recommend that you undergo sperm count testing. Let’s see the First aid about it:

1. Lose weight

If you are overweight, losing weight is one of the most effective things you can do to increase your sperm count. Studies Trusted Source has shown that weight loss can increase semen volume, concentration and motility, as well as enhance the overall health of sperm.

To meet your weight loss goals, talk to a doctor who can help get you started. It is essential to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist if you want to change any eating habits. Getting a trainer or doing another exercise program can also help. And if you are underweight you should take advice from your doctor about gaining weight.   

2. Take essential vitamins

Certain types of vitamins, including vitamins D, C and E, are important for sperm health.

According to one study, taking 1,000milligrams of vitamin C daily may help men's sperm concentration and motility. The overall sperm count will not improve, but the sperm may become more concentrated and able to move more efficiently. It can successfully increase your chances of conceiving.

Another study the source cited noted lower pregnancy success rates among couples where the man had low vitamin D levels. More research is needed to understand the relationship between this vitamin and fertility, but there appears to be a correlation.

Talk to your doctor about testing your vitamin K levels. They can do this using a simple blood test. 

3. Avoid Addictions

Excessive amounts of tea, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco. If you use any of these substances and are having trouble quitting, talk to your doctor. They can recommend programs to help manage and treat addiction. 

4. Do not heat your testicles

Maintaining an optimum temperature for your sperm and enabling enough ventilation into the scrotum can assist in producing the ideal habitat for healthy sperm. If you don't want to wear boxers, opt for cotton briefs instead of synthetic ones, which will also help control airflow and temperature. Don’t bathe in hot water. Don’t ride much on two-wheelers. Don’t put your cell phone or laptop near your genitals.


5. Exercise

Being active and leading a healthy lifestyle can help you have more sperm. According to one Trusted Source study, weightlifting exercise may benefit sperm health more than other types of exercise.

Consider incorporating these activities into your regular schedule. Exercise can also help you maintain weight or work out, which has extra sperm health benefits.

(Note: Do these all exercises under the expert’s guidance.)

6. Do Yoga & Pranayama

Do some yoga & Pranayama as a natural sperm increaser, like Surya Namaskar, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Halasana, SetuBandhasana, Dhanurasana, Padmasana, Anulom Vilom Pranayama etc..

(Note: Do these all yoga & pranayama under the expert’s guidance.) 

7. Medical Treatment

You may also prefer an Ayurvedic or Homeopathic Doctor for this problem. An allopathy doctor also can help you. You should cure your hormonal imbalance and autoimmune diseases.

Antibiotics: If a bacterial infection interferes with your sperm count or fertility, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

Medication or counseling may be used to treat sexual intercourse issues such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction.

Hormone therapies and medications: where excessive or low hormone levels cause infertility, hormone treatments and medications may be beneficial.

( Note: Some regular medication also caused a low sperm rate. You should clarify with your doctor about this concern. )

Disclaimer: This blog is correct as per the writer’s knowledge. This is not a medical guidance. Follow as you are responsible for.

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