Sperm Count and Fertility – Why Are Rates Dropping and What Can Be Done.

Sperm Count and fertilityOnce upon a time, not so long ago, difficulty in conceiving and problems with fertility were seen to be mainly a female problem. Women all over the world would have to undergo endless tests, and only then would the man be asked to undergo testing.

But thankfully times, and attitudes, have changed with the knowledge that in 4 out of ten couples, infertility is due to male causes. This means in many cases the diagnosis stage is quicker and couples can be given the right treatment for them earlier.

However studies show that male fertility is dropping. A survey of 26,609 men in France showed a drop in fertility measured by their sperm count.

Sperm samples from these men were analysed and showed a 32% drop from 74 million/ml in 1989 to 50 million/ml in 2005.

This result, although a worrying decline, should be not strike fear into our hearts juts yet. 50 million sperm/ml is still well over the limit for normal fertility, which is 15 million/ml. So the lower sperm count a man has, the longer it will take him and his partner to conceive, not that they won’t conceive at all.

However any drop below 40 million/ml may become significant when taken together with his partner’s own fertility issues, if they have them as the fertility of a couple is the sum of their fertilities.

For instance if a woman, as many do in this day and age of longer life-spans and high-pressure careers, decides to wait until after she is 35 to try and conceive then her fertility will have dropped from an earlier age, and will continue to drop a significant rate going forward.

Even a young, healthy couple has no more than a 25% chance of conceiving in any one menstrual cycle.

Add to this, that her partner’s sperm count may have dropped below 40 million/ml they may find themselves trying for a baby for a lot longer than hoped. This can lead to impatience or even desperation, and after trying for a long time couples often decide to find a quicker option in IVF or similar procedures.

Research indicates that a sperm count of under 40 million/ml leads to a rapid fall in the chance of conceiving, so it would be best for would-be fathers to cut out all those things known to reduce their sperm counts. These include smoking, drinking, obesity, sitting down all day at a desk or in a car and wearing tight underpants, which can lead to an increase in heat in the testicles which are designed to try and the keep sperm inside cool.

As with many things, focusing on a good, healthy diet and keeping fit is the best way to keep your body working optimally, which hopefully in turn will keep your sperm count high.

But, women can help their sons too. It’s known that the size of a man’s testicles, and therefore his sperm count, was determined when he was growing in his mother’s womb.

It is understood that if a pregnant woman drinks or is obese, this can lead to small testicles in their son meaning, as always, our choices can affect our bodies in all sorts of ways.

Keep it natural and healthy!

 How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF only £1275) of the price of other private health and IVF clinics.

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