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Low Sperm Count

15-fertility-issues-2About 90% of male fertility problems center on sperm count.  Sperm counts falling below 20 million per milliliter are considered to be low.  Sperm counts are not static and change frequently. To this end a single test is not enough to conclusively diagnose an insufficient sperm count.

The woman’s window of fertility is only open for about 12 hours each month.  When the troops being sent in to accomplish the mission of fertilization are too few in number the odds of success are significantly compromised.

There are many ways men can increase sperm count: cutting back or eliminating use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, reducing heat to scrotum (yes, this means that boxers really do increase sperm counts) and taking health supplements such as vitamin E and ginseng.

Irregular Sperm

Sometimes sperm problems have less to do with quantity than quality.  Having adequate sperm counts amounts to very little when the sperm present are malformed in one way or another.  The path way to fertilization is the equivalent of an ironman competition. Only the best swimmers even survive to get a glimpse of the prize. 

To increase the production of healthy sperm try taking more vitamin C. Increasing intake to about 2000-6000 mg each day has been shown to increase motility.  A traditional multivitamin is likewise beneficial.

Some prescription medications can also have a negative effect on sperm production.  Some of these drugs are very common, like Zantac. Talk to your doctor to be certain prescription medication isn’t adding to infertility woes.

Sexual Difficulties

Approximately 5% of couples find their fertility problems rooted in sexual dysfunction. This can range from failure or inability to ejaculate, problems achieving an erection or only maintaining one for a short duration, failure of the woman to achieve orgasm, backwards ejaculation (when the ejaculate retreats into the man’s system rather than being propelled outward) and poor timing of intercourse.

One of the best ways to fix fertility caused by sexual dysfunction is to increase the frequency of sex.  Statistically, 5 out of 6 couples who have sex 4 times weekly will achieve pregnancy over the duration of 6 months.

Increasing sexual encounters will help counteract certain sexual dysfunctions, while others may need more attention.

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