Infertility is often something that strikes the most loving couples, the ones that really want to have a family more than anything. It’s thought that up to ten percent of the population currently trying to conceive suffers from some sort of infertility issue. Some of these can be solved with the help of doctors, and some of them will be overcome on their own. 30% of fertility problems, which delay conception, are caused by male infertility, and a low sperm count is one of those fertility problems. Fortunately, a low sperm count doesn’t mean that you cannot become pregnant.
Many men and women try for 12 to 18 months with no luck before they really insist on the help of their practitioner, and by this time they are sure that there must be something really wrong with one of them. Most couples begin to point fingers at one another, because they believe they are doing everything right. Unfortunately, a low sperm count isn’t something you can see, a position you can try, or a kit you can buy for use at home. A low sperm count is something that many couples have to come to terms with when they are not getting pregnant in a “normal” amount of time.
Your doctor may take several approaches to helping you overcome the low sperm count. If the sperm count is moderately low, your practitioner may simply recommend that you start using ovulation kits to better your chances of having sperm (regardless of the number!) and egg meet at exactly the right moment. As long as your sperm have good mobility and they are not malformed or otherwise abnormal, you’ll find that just trying to conceive at the right time may do the trick. You may believe that you know everything about ovulation, but doctors can often give pointers that make everything fall into place within just a month or two. It’s worth a try!
If you have a low sperm count result come back just 9-12 months after you’ve started trying to conceive, your doctor may tell you to try for a few more months before you consider anything else. Sometimes, men and women dealing with a low sperm count just need to try a bit longer than other couples do. If the sperm are healthy and move well, it’s just a matter of time before one of the few meets up with the right egg and the right time. This can be a frustrating answer for many couples, but most end up happy with the decision because it all makes a lot of sense.
The third option that many practitioners go to when they are satisfied that low sperm count is the only infertility issue at play, is the UIU, an intrauterine insemination. This is where washed sperm are taken from the husband and injected with a catheter right into the uterus. This gives the sperm, no matter the amount, a better chance of being right there waiting when the egg is release. When the egg and the sperm meet up right away, it usually does not matter how few sperm there are, because it only takes one! This is obviously the most expensive option, and this may need to be done twice during an ovulation cycle, and the first two times may not be successful. The success rates for UIU are anywhere from 6%-26% which isn’t bad at all.
At the end of the day it’s important that you realize that a low sperm count isn’t the end of your pregnancy dreams. Many men and women get pregnant on their own with a low sperm count and they never know about it. It just takes the right set of circumstances to make any pregnancy happen, and things have to be even better planned with a low sperm count. It can happen, don’t give up!