What is low sperm count / Oligospermia?

A “normal” sperm count is at least 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen. If you have less than that, you have what doctors consider “low” sperm count, called oligospermia. Problems with sperm, including a low sperm count and problems with sperm quality, are quite common. There are treatments available that can help you become a dad if you have a low sperm count.

There are many causes which can cause Oligospermia or Low Sperm Count but the medical line of management which is available is usually the most beneficial for the mild to moderate cases of low sperm count. When it is severe Oligospermia / Low sperm count especially when the sperm count is less than 7 million, it gets very difficult to treat simply with medical management. As said earlier low sperm count can have many causes and because of these are many treatment options which might work especially for the mild to moderate cases of oligospermia. One of the most important when treating male infertility is to counsel the patient correctly so that acceptance becomes easy.

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Low Sperm Count Treatment / Treatment for Oligospermia

If we list out possible treatment for low sperm count especially moderate and mild oligospermia. There are various treatments on How To Improve Low Sperm Count.

How to increase sperm count naturally

One of the most important treatments for Oligospermia for which recommended is to do “Lifestyle Changes”It’s ideal to avoid smoking or drinking. It’s ideal to lose weight if obese. These things definitely help. Along with this its always good to shift to a healthy diet or healthy eating pattern. Diet with antioxidants is recommended. This might benefit especially if you are suffering from mild oligospermia.

Whenever the patient is prescribed for the moderate case of oligospermia, medical therapy is given for three months. Why three months? well, that’s the normal cycle for sperms which is produced in testes takes 65-70 days to then come out of seminal fluid.

How to Get Pregnant with Low Sperm Count

Quite a lot of time doctors prescribe antioxidants in varying combination, which might improve general sperm parameter. They do help in becoming pregnant only if low sperm count is due to an idiopathic cause which means the cause of mild oligospermia is unknown. It’s not recommended to give antioxidant tablet as low sperm count treatment to all patients. As they are not going to benefit all the patients. A variety of other combinations, especially letrozole and oral testosterone give good benefit to improving the sperm parameters. 20-25% of patients are benefitted by these combinations and may bear a child. In the case of mild oligospermia where the sperm count is between 10-15 million alternative therapies like ayurvedic or homoeopathic medications might benefit. When the patient has severe oligospermia/very low sperm count which less than 7 million the treatment of choice is to go ahead with assisted reproduction.

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Dr. Jay Mehta is the Scientific Director of Shree IVF Clinic. He is a well-known Fertility and IVF Specialist and also among few doctors in the country who specializes in Embryology and Andrology.

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