About 15% of all couples trying to get pregnant end up subfertile - meaning they find it difficult to conceive.
Factors related to male account for 50% of all infertile cases. The
commonest manifestation of male factor is reduced quality of the semen.
This includes sperm density (also called sperm
count), sperm motility, sperm morphology (physical appearance of the spermatozoa), and also physical properties of the seminal fluid (ex: too viscous, too acidic), chemical composition (total absence or diminished presence of certain enzymes), presence of antibodies, infection among other factors.
The second most important male factor involves sperm delivery: this includes coital technique, position, timing, frequency, use of sperm-friendly lubricants, etc.
If you are trying for pregnancy, there are many things you can do to keep your semen quality high and increase your fertility score.
What are some things that I can do to improve the quality of your semen and the spermatozoa therein:
This however does not substitute medical treatment, but would only supplement it.
- Men who live a healthy lifestyle are more likely to produce healthy sperm. So avoid lifestyle choices that adversely impact your fertility.
Habits you may wish to change: