What is Low Sperm Count?
Low Sperm Count: What Does it Mean?
How Can I Increase My Sperm Count?
Why Is There So Much Interest About Low Sperm Count?
Sperm counts are measured using a test called FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). The lower the number, the less fertile you are. A normal range for men is between 6 million and 10 million cells per milliliter of blood.
These are an overview of the most common reasons why your count may be low:
1. Age: A man’s fertility starts to fall as he ages.
While most boys enter puberty by the age of 12, not all of them do. A man’s fertility peaks at the age of 20 and then declines steadily until your 30s. From then on, fertility continues to drop but at a slower pace. By the age of 40, your body is only producing half as many fertile cells per milliliter of blood compared to when you were 20.
2. Environmental Toxins: Prolonged exposure to toxins such as pesticides, perfumes, car exhaust, and certain types of plastics can harm the body’s organs including the testicles.
The result is a lower number of healthy cells and therefore a lower count.
3. Medications: Certain types of medication have been known to lower fertility in some men.
Some types of chemotherapy drugs, for example, may interfere with the hormones that regulate male sexual development and fertility. If you are taking any medications, you should always consult your doctor before stopping or changing the dosage.
4. Obesity: Being obese can severely hamper a man’s fertility for several reasons.
The two main ones are related to testosterone. First of all, obese men tend to produce less of the hormone. Second of all, excess body fat on its own can reduce testosterone production. In addition, obesity can also increase estrogen levels (the female hormone), and high estrogen can decrease fertility in men.
5. Infections: Infections in the prostate and epididymis can lower fertility.
Infections in the testicles themselves can also have a negative effect on fertility.
Does Low Sperm Count Mean You Can’t Conceive?
Can You Increase Your Sperm Count At Home?
Is It Possible To Increase Your Sperm Count Naturally?
There are only a few ways that you can increase your fertility through natural means. The first and most important is to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can have a negative impact on your fertility. The second is to avoid exposure to toxins, especially if you work with them on a regular basis. The third is to maintain a healthy lifestyle in general.
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