Low sperm concentrations were found in this population of 18-20 year old men: the median sperm concentration of 41 million/ml was significantly lower than the values found in previous national and international studies.
Low sperm count is not anybody’s fault; it’s the matter of changing envoirment. There are many biologic and environmental factors that can lead to low sperm count. It’s not a sign of lack of virility. In men, infertility is usually associated with a decrease in the number or quality of sperm. It was recently discovered, a man’s sperm quality begins to decline around the age of 25.
Smoking, drinking, drugs, stress, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are the cause of these envoirmental, biological and psychological barriers are
There are some factors that contribute to overall sperm quality.
Sperm motility is a term that describes sperm’s ability to move in an active fashion: in other words, are the sperm “strong swimmers?” In healthy sperm, typically more than 50% are active with over 25% moving forcefully in one direction. Motility enables the sperm to travel through the cervical canal, into the uterus and the fallopian tubes and, finally, to penetrate the egg.
The forward movement of sperm called progressive motility, forward progression or rapid linear progression.
According to the World Health Organization (1999), in a healthy male, greater than 25% of sperm will exhibit progressive motility. It is thought that these are the sperm with the best chance of successfully fertilizing an egg.
Rapid linear progression showed a greater than 60 % improvement after four months of treatment with acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplements.
Sperm count refers to the number of sperm in the fluid that is ejaculated (semen). There are over 40 million sperm in a normal ejaculate. A total count below 40 million may indicate decreased fertility.
With the Berkley Center’s unique protocol of acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplements, count increased more than 14 % after four months of treatment.
Concentration is a measure of the number of sperm cells in a milliliter of semen. Normal concentration is at least 20 million sperm cells per milliliter of semen.
With the Berkley Center’s unique protocol combining acupuncture, herbal medicine and the appropriate supplements, concentration improved after four months of treatment.
A healthy sperm cell will have a shape similar to a tadpole. The sperm’s oval head contains the genetic material, the center provides energy and the tail propels the sperm forward.
Using the strict criteria put forth by the World Health Organization (1999), studies of Assisted Reproductive Technology programs show lower pregnancy rates with less than 15% normal forms. Furthermore, experts believe that abnormally shaped sperm cannot fertilize an egg.
The term, subfertility, refers to couples that are unable to achieve conception after a year of unprotected intercourse (or 6 months if the woman is over age 35). It is different from infertility. A subfertile couple merely has lower odds of conceiving during any given month than fertile couples.
So, if these qualities are missing in the sperm than your sperm are low and may be you facing fertility problem.