Low Sperm Count?

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One reason why a couple decides to go to an IVF clinic is when the male is tested to have very low sperm count — either severe oligozoospermia or azoospermia. The IVF process includes the ICSI procedure which helps inject a ‘strong’ and ‘good looking’ sperm into an unfertilized egg. We still don’t know enough about how this intervention is different from the competitive process of fertilization that happen in a natural conception. But many dads-to-be would also want to assist the process by using natural means to improve reproductive function.

How do we know?

What actually happens is that the male provides a sample of his semen, which then undergoes a “semen analysis”. The results of the semen analysis can be that he has normozoospermia (normal count, strength and shape) or some or all of the below:

  1. oligozoospermia: this means that the concentration of sperm is not within ‘normal’ levels, and is called ‘low sperm count’ by some.
  2. asthenozoospermia: this mean that not enough sperm are swimming with enough strength, and can be called ‘weak’ sperm.
  3. teratozoospermia: this means that that is a high proportion of sperm that are mutated.

You may also test for DNA Fragmentation. The DFI or DNA fragmentation index will tell you the percentage of sperm cells containing damaged DNA.

All these tests tell you that perhaps you may want to do something to enhance your reproductive function as a guy if you and your wife want to conceive a healthy and happy baby.

What can you do to make that happen?

Posted by Soma Clinic

Informational content on this website was created by Soma Clinic, which provides natural and hands-on support for women going through IVF cycles, as well as other related therapies for women's reproductive health.