Treatments for low sperm count usually depend on the cause. These include:
- Surgery. Varicoceles, organ damage, and blockages in the vas deferens (muscular tube from which sperm travels during ejaculation) can be surgically repaired. The patient can also undergo vasectomy reversals. If tested with little to no sperm presence during ejaculation, assisted reproduction procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF) are done to help female partners conceive. In other cases, sperm is surgically retrieved from the testicle or epididymis.
- Medications. Infections in the reproductive tract can be treated with antibiotics. In cases of hormonal imbalances, hormone replacement or treatments are recommended. However, avoid those with anabolic steroids and over-the-counter testosterone boosters.
- Counselling. Issues with infertility caused by low sperm count can bring stress and anxiety. Moreover, it can develop self-esteem issues, especially when dealing with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. These conditions can be managed through counselling as well.
Lifestyle changes and home remedies to manage low sperm count?
Apart from medicines and surgical options available, one way to prevent low sperm count is to adapt a healthier lifestyle. Improve your health by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and limiting the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
Research shows that maintaining good overall well-being increases the chances of successful pregnancy. There are also steps you can do at home to help you conceive:
- Have sex regularly. Increase frequency of intercourse, especially before and after ovulation
- Time intercourse with ovulation. Conception is highly possible during ovulation. This occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle. The sperm are likely to survive during its travel into the female’s reproductive system during this time.
- Avoid using lubricants. Excessive use of lubricants can impair sperm movement and function.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Lower sperm count, while common, is a leading cause of infertility. Pregnancies can still occur but it will take more time and can present other difficulties. This condition is a result of underlying medical conditions, past surgeries, and poor lifestyle choices.
Signs and symptoms associated with low sperm count are not usually visible unless you try to conceive. Low sperm count may be initially characterized by pain and swelling in the testicles, low sex drive, and ejaculation difficulties.
Having your sperm evaluated can identify factors affecting your fertility rate. Moreover, it will help you determine treatment options and explore other conception methods.