How Does Sperm Count Affect Fertility

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Previously we discussed the notion of sperm motility and what that that entails when it comes to trying to start a family. There is another major issue to keep in mind with male fertility and infertility, and that is sperm count. If a man’s sperm count is low, it will be much more difficult (though not impossible) to successfully fertilize an egg. The team at our center for IVF in New Jersey would like to take a few minutes to discuss sperm count issues and how these can be remedied.

A low sperm count means that there is less sperm in the man’s semen than average. Generally speaking, roughly 15 million to 20 million sperm are contained in a single milliliter of semen. Having less sperm than that in your semen will make it much more difficult to successfully conceive. In some cases, there is an extremely low amount of sperm or even no sperm in the semen at all. In such cases, successfully conceiving is not an option.

There are multiple treatment options available if a man has a low sperm count. One option is to use artificial insemination techniques, such as intrauterine insemination or intracervical insemination. This will place the semen much closer to the egg that is to be fertilized, increasing chances of successful fertilization.

Another option is in vitro fertilization, in which the egg is fertilized by sperm outside of the womb to ensure successful fertilization. This will involve the use of New Jersey ICSI, which is the process by which the sperm is placed into the egg.

In cases where a man does not have sperm or has major issues with his sperm, a couple may consider turning to a sperm donor to help conceive. This will involve using a donor’s sperm to fertilize an egg.

To find out more about these options for treatment, be sure to contact our New Jersey IVF center for a consultation. We will be able to discuss all of these matters in greater detail when you are in our office.

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