What is a low sperm count?
When the sperm count, which is the concentration of sperm per millilitre of semen, is abnormally low, there is a greatly reduced chance of the female egg being fertilised. This is construed as a degree of infertility.
After a year or more of unprotected sex, if pregnancy has not occurred, you should both see a fertility specialist. Included in the tests the doctor may want to conduct, will most likely be a semen analysis. This analysis will test the quality and quantity of your sperm.
If either the quality or quantity of the sperm is poor, it will impact negatively on its ability to penetrate and fertilise the egg. The World Health Organisation have set parameters as to what is considered to be the normal level in terms of sperm count, for fertilisation to take place.
Anything outside these parameters could result in you being classified as infertile.
How can a low sperm count be treated?
There are natural fertility treatment options that have proved to be successful in the treatment of a low sperm volume.
Research has shown that natural supplements such as ginseng, vitamin C, zinc and lycopene, have been beneficial to men with low sperm issues. Healthy eating and some positive lifestyle changes can also improve the sperm quality, as well as increase your sperm count. Talk to your practitioner to determine which products best suit your needs.
Medical science cannot give you a magic pill that will bump up your sperm count. You will have to take action and personal responsibility to deal with your low sperm problems. The best option is to take stock of your lifestyle and eliminate anything which could be standing in the way of you becoming a father.
Some ways to help you naturally increase your sperm count.
- Quit smoking or cut down drastically, avoid recreational drugs.
- Use alcohol moderately, as excessive use can make you even less fertile.
- Develop a healthy, balanced, nutritional diet which will also work wonders for your general well-being.
- Embarking on a regular exercise program will help you to lose extra weight you may be carrying. Obesity has a definite negative impact on fertility.
- Visit a natural health practitioner and get expert advice as to which would be the best supplements to take for low sperm count.
- Wherever possible, put stress on the back burner or utilise effective stress-reduction techniques and employ psychological counselling if needed.
Environmental factors which may affect your sperm count.
- Sometimes exposure to heavy metal and smoke-filled areas can contribute to a low sperm count.
- Identify and eliminate environmental pollutants
- Never carry your cell phone in your pants pocket. It emits microwaves which are absolutely not sperm friendly.
- Stay away from saunas, hot baths and tight underwear. Extreme heat or cold also affect sperm volume and quality.
Positive lifestyle changes and supervised well–tailored nutritional protocol will give you at least a fighting chance.
Changing your lifestyle and discarding old bad habits might not be the easiest thing to do, but if you focus on what the end result could be, it will be worth the effort.
To receive personalised support and treatment advice, contact us at Solutions to Heath to find out the best fertility treatment options for dealing with a low sperm count.