There are many cases in which a couple’s infertility can be traced to both male and female factors. There is a 40 percent chance that a couple’s inability to conceive naturally could be due to male-factor infertility.
Low Sperm Motility
Even if a man’s sperm count is normal – it may not be optimal. Men with normal sperm counts can still be contributing to a couple’s struggle to get pregnant naturally. Low sperm motility is one of the most common causes of male-factor infertility. This is the inability of sperm to move toward the egg and fertilize it.
Causes of Low Sperm Motility
There are several common causes of low sperm motility.
- Extreme heat
- Too much sex
- Poor diet
- Smoking and alcohol
Simple Ways to Boost Your Sperm Motility
- Avoid hot baths, Jacuzzi use, and do not place laptops on your lap
- Cease smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Get better quality sleep
- Maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Exercise regularly
- Try acupuncture
A Semen Analysis
A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to judge a man’s sperm quality and quantity.
- Sperm Concentration is the number of sperm in the ejaculate
- Sperm Motility is the percentage of sperm moving and the qualities of movement, such as speed and straightness
- Sperm Morphology is the percentage of sperm having a normal appearance in size and shape
Optimum Sperm Quality is Important
A man’s sperm quality is critical – even if his sperm count lab results fall within a normal range.
- Forward progression
- Semen volume
- Liquefaction time
Treatment for Low Sperm Motility
If lifestyle changes fail to increase a man’s low sperm motility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) may be recommended. This is the direct injection of sperm into the uterus, making motility a non-factor in the fertilization process. If IUI is unsuccessful, then Dr. Jacobs will likely recommend In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using ICSI to fertilize the egg with sperm.
Treatment of Low Sperm With ICSI
The most effective treatment for male factor infertility is through IVF using the intricate fertilization procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is an enhanced egg fertilization method that can be implemented using either the known male partner’s sperm or donor sperm.
ICSI Enhances Egg Fertilization
ICSI is used during IVF to individually fertilize each egg for optimal results. ICSI maximizes the rate of fertilization and lessens the chances of the sperm not being able to penetrate the wall of the egg.
- After the semen sample has been prepared, a single sperm is picked up into a tiny glass pipette under the guidance of a microscope
- The sperm is injected directly into an egg by passing the pipette through the surface of the egg
- The sperm cell is released into the egg and the pipette is withdrawn
- Simultaneously, a second polar body is released from the egg
Acclaimed Male-Factor Infertility Doctor
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs makes it easy for men to boost their fertility. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.