What is a sperm count?

More than 40% of couples who are unable to have children are unable to do so because of problems with the man's sperm. About six percent of males between the ages of fifteen and fifty struggle with infertility. The sperm count should be the number one fertility test done when you evaluate your fertility. A sperm analysis is completed through masturbation. It is completely non-invasive yet quite informative. In order to get pregnant, a man has to have at least 40 million sperm per ejaculate. A temporary reduction in sperm production is related to various causes like heavy duty cycling, exposure to extreme heat, ill-fitting briefs, insomnia, performance pressure, and emotional stress.

Each of these can be causes of low sperm count in men. However, patients who suffer from this temporary low count can try out some helpful lifestyle changes to boost their sperm count. Keep in mind that male fertility also reflects a man’s general health. Men who live a healthy lifestyle are more likely to produce healthy sperm. Unfortunately, a damaged testicle will not usually regain its sperm-making capabilities. Despite medicine’s limited ability to treat male infertility, many successful treatment options are available for its many causes.

How to Increase Sperm Count

More than 40% of couples who are unable to have children are unable to do so because of problems with the man's sperm. Learn how to increase sperm count and factors that may contribute to a low sperm count. ... read more »

Essential In/Fertility Work-Up Checklist

Follow this fertility testing checklist and learn how to get pregnant faster. ... read more »

Infertility Treatment in Men

The #1 reason for infertility in men is usually a low or abnormal sperm count. ... read more »

Male Infertility Testing With SpermCheck Fertility Test

There is now a way to test for low sperm count in the privacy of one’s own home. A new product from Fairhaven Health, the SpermCheck Fertility Test, accurately confirms if a man has a normal sperm count. ... read more »

Sperm Count Calculator

The babyMed sperm calculator will tell you if you have a sufficient sperm count as well as information on male fertility. ... read more »

Infertility Guide: Why Can't We Get Pregnant?

Learn about infertility testing and treatment. ... read more »

Sauna While TTC

Can my husband use a sauna while we try to conceive (TTC)? ... read more »

How to Improve HIS Fertility in 12 Steps

His diet is very important when trying to get pregnant. Following these 12 steps will help you improve his fertility. ... read more »

Causes of Fertility Problems

The three major causes of infertility are sperm problems, ovulation problems, and fallopian tube problems. ... read more »

Impact of a Man's Age on Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes

A man's age may impact both his fertility as well as the pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Sperm Count, IUI, IVF and ICSI

Getting pregnant is a matter of probability. Sperm plays a huge factor in this probability. There are certain factors that can improve your your chances of conceiving "naturally" each month. ... read more »

How to Find Out if You Are Fertile in 12 Steps

Finding out if you are fertile is important so if there is a problem it can be addressed as soon as possible. Here is a quick 12-Step program to assess your fertility. ... read more »

Time of the Day and TTC

Does it make a difference what time of the day we try to conceive (TTC)? ... read more »

Abstinence Before TTC?

How long should we be abstinent before TTC in order to get a good sperm specimen? ... read more »

Male Infertility Evaluation

The first test in the evaluation of the infertile male is the semen analysis which is also known as sperm count. ... read more »

Cervical Stenosis and TTC

Can cervical stenosis prevent me from getting pregnant? ... read more »

Hot tub and TTC

Going into a hot tube while TTC ... read more »

Sperm Morphology - Kruger Sperm Function Test

The Krueger strict sperm test checks the sperm morphology. ... read more »

Reduced Fertility in Overweight and Obese Men

Obese and overweight men are less fertile and programs to prevent obesity may improve men's reproductive health and save medical costs for infertility treatment ... read more »

Sperm counts and sperm sex ratio in male infertility patients

As a man's sperm production declines, so does the proportion of Y chromosome-bearing sperm. Thus, a man's reproductive potential may predict his ability to sire male offspring. ... read more »

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as someone who can not get pregnant within a 12 month time period. ... read more »

Male Fertility Testing: Sperm Analysis and Count

A sperm analysis or sperm count is necessary to evaluate male fertility. ... read more »

Male Infertility Treatment

Male infertility afflicts about 50% of all infertile couples. Studies show that there is a male sperm problem in about 50% of infertile couples, about 1/2 of these cases problem is found in man alone. ... read more »

It's All About the Sperm

Many people are surprised that in 50% of infertile couples both he and she have a problem. Dr. Amos highly recommends that you and your partner see a doctor as soon as you decide to start a family. ... read more »

Infertility Treatment in Women

Before infertility treatment for women is started, it is important to make the infertility diagnosis first. Without the right diagnosis the correct treatment cannot be done and success will be lower. ... read more »

Spermanalysis - Terms

What are the explanations for an abnormal sperm count? Glosary of Terms. ... read more »

Male Infertility Inherited?

Young men whose parents had difficulty conceiving are likely to have relatively poor sperm quality, a new study shows -- offering evidence that fertility problems are at least partly inherited in some cases. ... read more »

Abnormal Semen Analysis - Which Other Tests Can be Done?

For the man with a poor semen sample, additional tests which may be recommended include specialized sperm tests, blood tests, and testis biopsy. ... read more »

Varicocele - Information

Information all about varicocele. ... read more »

Antisperm Antibodies

What are antisperm antibodies and what do they do? ... read more »

How Often Does a Vasectomy Fail?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure on a man that makes him sterile, or unable to get a woman pregnant. Vasectomies are very effective. It has been estimated that only about 15 out of 10,000 couples get pregnant during the first year after a vasectomy. ... read more »

Simple Procedure Improves Male Fertility

Correcting varicose veins in scrotum boosts sperm count, motility, study finds. ... read more »

Sperm Count - Fertile vs. Infertile

What are the values of a fertile and infertile sperm count? ... read more »

Fever and Sperm

Will his fever affect his sperms and the sperm count? ... read more »

Sperm - Affected by Drugs?

Can my husband's medication affect his sperm count? ... read more »

Semen Analysis Sperm Analysis WHO Guidelines 2009

These are the new 2009 guidelines for spermanalysis and spermcount and semen parameters by the World Health Organization (WHO) ... read more »

For Guys - What to Expect at the Fertility Doctor

While you know in your mind that a medical issue that causes you fertility problems doesn't reflect on your manhood, psychologically it can be a different story. It's intimidating. ... read more »

4 Natural Ways to Boost Male Fertility

Not everything goes as planned when you're trying to conceive. Your part of the whole process seems pretty straightforward - wait until the right time of the month when your partner is fertile, do the baby dance and you're all done...right? ... read more »

Lifestyle Choices that Reduce Male Fertility

There are hundreds of reasons for male infertility. Some are medical in nature and others are a result of an accident or extreme physical event that occurred early in life. Male fertility can be associated with prescription medications, genetics and age. ... read more »

Men: Are the Foods You Eat Reducing Your Fertility?

Have you ever heard the saying, 'You are what you eat?' Eatingunhealthy, high-fat, processed foods are not the best choice for overall health and overall health has more of an impact on fertility than manymen understand. ... read more »

When to Have Male Fertility Tested

About 50% of all fertility issues are associated with male problems. Many couples face fertility problems and when to have male fertility tested is a recurring question. ... read more »

Semen Quality Affects Male Lifespan

Just one study connecting male infertility and life expectancy has been conducted in the United States, making it only one of three ever conducted anywhere in the world. ... read more »

Wi-Fi Laptops Could Be Frying Your Sperm

Men who usually rest their Wi-Fi laptops on their laps are much more vulnerable to reduced sperm motility and degeneration of the sperm DNA lowering the possibility of men to become fathers. ... read more »

Large Nuclear Vacuoles, Semen Quality and Male Infertility

Researchers from the Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research in Toyama, Japan recently published a study on the possible correlation between large nuclear vacuoles and male infertility. ... read more »

UK Gets DIY Sperm Count Test

Men in the United Kingdom can now turn to their local pharmacy to test their sperm count. Boots UK, a pharmacy chain numbering almost 2,500 retail outlets, just started carrying a do-it-yourself sperm count test. ... read more »

Fertility Lab on a Chip Measures Sperm Health

Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a small chip to measure sperm health. The chip not only measures the number of sperm, but how motile the sperm are in the body. ... read more »

What to Expect When Having a Semen Analysis

A semen analysis is one of the most basic ways to evaluate infertility in men. It gives the doctor information about your sperm count and quality, and how well the sperm cells are able to move. ... read more »

Boxers vs. Briefs and Sperm Count

Could boxers or briefs really make a difference in a man's fertility? ... read more »

Male Fertility Changes as You Age

Since the age couples are having children has risen and menopause eventually prevents conception and pregnancy, female fertility is typically the focus of this increase in parental age. ... read more »

Preconception Health for Men

Many of the same changes women should make prior to conceiving aremirrored in suggestions for men. Taking a couple's approach topreconception health may make it easier to adopt lifestyle changes. ... read more »

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