This week Dr Simone Rofena, our medical consultant in Reproductive Medicine talks to us about male infertility and the role sperm plays in IVF.
50% of the reasons for a couple’s infertility is down to male infertility which is very important in the couple’s diagnostic. There are three parameters we assess when considering the capability of a sperm to fertilise an egg.
- Sperm count
The sperm total account must be over 15 million to be considered normal.
Motility of the sperm is also important and we would be happy with 40% of sperm having progressive motility.
When we analyse sperm, we look at the head, neck and tail. Morphology can affect any of these three parts, so for a sperm to be considered normal they must be normally shaped.
There are several things that can be done to contribute to improving sperm count, motility and morphology. For example:
- Good Lifestyle
- Good Nutrition
Often when men get poor results on a seamen analysis they worry they might not be able to conceive a baby but try not to worry too much as it only takes one good sperm to create a pregnancy.
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