Low sperm count, the leading cause of male infertility, can be temporary or permanent. 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. All of these are 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. About six percent of males between the ages of fifteen and fifty struggle with infertility. Male infertility can be caused by a variety of problems.
Lifestyle Changes to improve low sperm count
- Get regular exercise: While you should avoid vigorous training programs, regular and moderate exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight, helps control stress, and gives you a healthier overall body.
- Perform relaxation exercises: Since infertility and life in general can be stressful, learn to relax. Stress is sometimes responsible for certain infertility problems such as hormonal problems.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Not too under or overweight since weight influences estrogen and testosterone levels.
- Watch your body temperature: Avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, and saunas since they raise the body temperature and may cause changes in ovulation and reduced sperm count.
- Check for exposure to heavy metals: Heavy metal toxins may affect ovulation. A hair analysis can determine exposure.
- Take age into consideration: A man’s fertility begins to decrease after he is thirty so take this into consideration when deciding when to have children.
Medical Help to improve low sperm count
When there is more semen than sperm, getting past the cervix is clearly a problem, since most sperm is in the first few drops of ejaculate. Men with poor sperm volume or viscosity are encouraged to withdraw from the vagina just after ejaculation starts. Or they may withdraw prior to ejaculation, collect their semen, and drop it off to a lab for the artificial insemination procedure.
Filtering – Spun-glass fibers are put into a syringe with the sperm, where the sperm are required to pass through the fibers. In theory, the dead sperm should stick to the filter and not make it through. This is a highly experimental procedure with unconfirmed success rates thus far.
Washing– Washing is a now a standard procedure in any IVF/GIFT-like procedure. The sperm are separated from the semen by being spun in what is called a centrifuge. This removes the proteins and enzymes that protect the sperm’s head, enabling it to enter the petri dish or fallopian tube fully capacitated.