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My husband's doctor said that his sperm count is on the low side because the pH of the fluid is on the high side (8.3). What could cause this and how can it be fixed? My husband doesn't use drugs, he smokes cigarettes and is an occasional drinker (maybe 3 or 4 beers a month). He's very healthy and fit. When looking at the causes of infertility, 40% of the time the cause is the male (known as male factor infertility). Therefore, performing a semen analysis during the workup of infertility is commonplace. Low sperm counts are also known as oligospermia. The pH of semen is often measured, but is not usually of much help when evaluating unexplained male factor infertility. The most common cause of low sperm count is the presence of a varicocele. A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of the veins within the spermatic cord. Treatment for this disorder is surgical, although the sperm counts do not always improve after treatment. Approximately 40% to 50% of the time there is no explanation ...
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Low sperm count (also called as oligospermia) is considered to be one of the major causes of inability of men to impregnate their female sexual partners. Though a single sperm is enough for fertilizing an egg (called ovum), yet the odds of a single sperm moving towards the egg are very small. Because of this, a man with a low sperm count is less likely to impregnate his female partner. Treatments are available for low sperm cause. If you are having problem of infertility due to your low sperm count you would better see an urologist who can evaluate you and recommend appropriate treatment besides suggesting treatment for your female partner to enhance her fertility. In case treatments as suggested by your urologist are not effective to overcome problem of low sperm count you will have a choice of going for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization for pregnancy. Symptoms of low sperm count For many men the inability to impregnate their partners is the only symptom of low sperm ... more
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Question What causes low quality sperm count? I have just been for a sperm test for IVF treatment my wife was going to have, and for the first time been told 99 per cent of my sperm are no good. What can I do to improve this? Does this mean there is something very wrong with me? Answer It especially distressing when you've been putting your faith in the potential assisted conception or IVF to improve your chances of conceiving. Sperm counts are usually checked at a fairly early stage of investigation into sub-fertility, because low levels do affect the choice of treatments available. It's often unclear what causes a low sperm count. Sometimes a complete lack of sperm in the sample reflects an in-born abnormality but, more often than not, low levels of good quality sperm have no clearly defined reason. It's thought that infection and trauma might account for some. The stress of illness or infection anywhere in the body can temporarily lower sperm counts. For this reason it's common ...
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I have just been for a sperm test for IVF treatment my wife was going to have, and for the first time been told 99 per cent of my sperm are no good. more
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Around half of the infertility problems encountered by couples are caused by male infertility. The most common form of male infertility is a low sperm count. more
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