So often asked: “I have low sperm count. How do I make healthy sperm to conceive a baby?” here on Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility.
Knowing if you have low sperm count is important — and home fertility tests like SpermCheck Fertility can be very helpful. This test for a low sperm count is easy to use at home, and determines the concentration of sperm in semen. You’ll know within minutes whether your sperm count is within the “normal” range.
A positive result indicates that your sperm count is above 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. A negative result indicates that the count is below the 20 million sperm per milliliter threshold, and further testing by your doctor may be warranted.
Low sperm count is one of the main causes of fertility issues in couples experiencing difficulty in conceiving. Here’s one reader’s question: “My sperm count is very low. When I did the sperm test, it was 11 million per ml and the motility was 45%. What do I do to increase my sperm count, and should I stop going to the gym? What food will increase my count?” Learning how to increase fertility naturally is crucial to increasing your sperm count.
While I can’t offer specific medical advice, I can share a few tips for improving sperm count…
Low Sperm Count and Making Healthy Sperm
The first thing I always say is, “talk to your fertility doctor or urologist about how to improve your sperm count, because it depends on the reason you have low sperm!” My second tip below explains why it’s so important to talk to your doctor before trying different ways to make sperm healthy.
Check your sperm count – take a sperm test
Many readers ask me how to improve fertility, and they’ve never taken a sperm test! Maybe they have healthy sperm; maybe it’s just not making it to the egg. Or, maybe their timing isn’t right because they haven’t tried an ovulation predictor kit. So, the first step to making healthy sperm is to take a sperm test.
Figure out why you have low sperm count
Some causes of low sperm or male infertility are genetic or inherited, and can’t be “fixed” through fertility supplements, surgery, or fertility foods. So, the second tip for improving fertility is to learn why your sperm count is low. You can’t fix what you don’t know! Learn as much as you can about your body.
Learn about the causes of male infertility
What do you know about the causes of male infertility?
Unhealthy sperm may be caused by environmental toxins, healthy issues, prescription medication, smoking, excessive bicycling, laptops on laps, hot tubs, evolution, and other unknown factors. If you have a serious health condition or you work with hazardous materials, your sperm may be affected. Again, the more you know about your body and its reaction to the environment, the better position you’ll be in to conceive a baby.
Talk to a urologist and a fertility doctor
Don’t rely on infertility blogs or fertility websites for tips for improving sperm count and getting pregnant! There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, and things like fertility supplements can be harmful – even if they’re natural or organic. Always, always, always talk to your doctor before taking advice about making healthy sperm.
That said, however, there are many healthy ways to possibly improve sperm count without taking herbal supplements or possibly compromising your healthy. Eating foods for fertility, timing intercourse with ovulation predictor kits, quitting smoking, and losing weight are good tips for getting pregnant for both men and women.
One of the best tips for low sperm count
Brush and floss your teeth regularly!
Untreated dental problems and poor dental hygiene may contribute to overall poor health. One research study found that men who received regular dental treatments and who took care of their teeth had improved sperm health, compared to men who didn’t take care of their teeth. Since bacteriospermia (bacteria in semen) has been linked to male infertility, it’s important to floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day.
For more tips on low sperm count, read 4 Ways to Make Sperm Healthy.
You may also be interested in What Causes Unexplained Infertility in Men? Damaged DNA in Sperm.
What do you think? I welcome your thoughts or questions about low sperm count below…just don’t ask me for medical advice!
May you find the best ways to increase your sperm count, and start your family.