Sperm Analysis Results: What Do They Mean and How To Get Help
The Quality of your Semen Tells You If You Can Get Pregnant NaturallyA sperm analysis is done when a couple is unable to conceive to determine if there is a problem with male fertility.
The purpose of a sperm or semen analysis is to determine the quality of the sperm produced by the male partner by measuring specific sperm parameters.
If there is a problem with your sperm that may prevent conception, a sperm analysis will be able to tell you.
Once you know what the problem is, you will be able to implement a natural program, based on diet, herbal remedies and vitamins aimed to increase your sperm quality.
In some cases, conventional medications or surgery may be necessary. However, most cases of poor sperm quality are due to poor dietary habits, wrong life style choices and lack of important vitamins and minerals. For all these cases, specific fertility vitamins can certainly help improve sperm quality.
Poor sperm quality affects about 1/3 of infertile couples and it is becoming a frequent infertility factor that affects more and more men.
Do not postpone having your sperm checked as this will delay your ability to conceive a baby.
A typical sperm analysis measures the following sperm parameters:
VolumeThe volume measures the amount of sperm present in one ejaculation. The volume of your semen should be between 2-6 ml per ejaculation.
A low sperm volume indicates infertility due to poor production of the seminal fluids. Men that smoke, drink alcohol, coffee or do not drink enough water may have low sperm volume that can be easily corrected through diet and life style changes.
Semen volume keeps the sperm alive in the female reproductive tract. If the volume of the sperm is too low, the sperm may die out faster and may not be able to reach the fallopian tubes where fertilization should occur.
Liquefaction TimeWhen the sperm is first released, it is thick like a gel. Within twenty minutes, it becomes liquid. The liquefaction time measures the amount of time it takes for the sperm sample to become liquid.
The sperm liquefaction time should be around 20-30 minutes in order to be normal. If it takes longer, it may indicate an infection that needs to be treated before conception can take place.
Sperm CountThe sperm count measures the number of sperm present in your sperm sample. A normal sperm count is of about 40-60 million per milliliter of ejaculate. If your sperm count is lower than 20 million per milliliter of ejaculate, you may have low sperm count causing male infertility.
It is possible to perform a sperm test at home in order to determine if you have more than 20 million. This is very easy to do and very inexpensive. All you need to do is to purchase a sperm test kit and do the test at home. Many prefer this option before doing a more in depth sperm analysis.
Sperm MorphologyThe shape of your sperm is very important as abnormal sperm shape leads to infertility.
To be considered typical, your sperm analysis should report that 70% of the sperm sample has normal shape and structure.
Abnormal sperm is the main cause of birth defects, miscarriages and infertility. An abnormal sperm sample my present spermatozoa that have two tails or two heads, a very small head or a round head rather than an oval shaped one.
If the sperm is abnormal, fertilization cannot occur because the sperm is unable to penetrate the egg or cannot swim properly. It is important to point out that most sperm samples have a percentage of abnormal sperm and that having abnormal sperm does not prevent you from fathering a healthy child.
The Kruger strict morphology test is performed to establish the degree of abnormality in the semen. If your sperm sample scored over 14%, you are fertile. If the score is between 5-14%, you have lowered fertility and if it is less than 4% you are most likely infertile.
Sperm MotilityYour sperm needs to be able to move fast in a forward direction in order to reach the egg and fertilize it. Not all your sperm will have this ability. The higher the number of "good swimmers" in your sperm sample, the greater your fertility. In a sperm analysis test, sperm motility is the measure of the percentage of sperm that can move forward normally and effectively. Your sperm analysis result should show that at least 50% of the sperm sample has optimal forward motility. Forward motion is rated on a scale from 0, where no-motility is noticed to 4, where there is rapid forward sperm motion with strong tail movements.
If your sperm analysis test reveals that you have poor sperm motility, improving sperm motility is best achieved through diet, herbal remedies and mineral and vitamin supplementation.
If the pH is high, the sperm sample is alkaline.
If the pH is low, the sperm sample is acidic.
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