Making Sperm Health
Having a baby is more than a 50/50 proposition. It requires 100% input from both sides of the equation. The once-believed theory that most cases of infertility were the result of a female reproductive glitch has gone by the boards and we know that nearly half of the infertility issues rest with the guys.
Back to Basics
In this article we'll go back to basics to look at what constitutes healthy sperm and what a man can do to ensure his sperm has the best fighting chance to beat a path to that waiting egg. Male fertility is measured by the sperm quality and quantity, which can be affected by any number of things. Although some things are out of his control, a man can control certain factors to ensure his sperm is healthy and viable - making him fertile.
The Three Qs
Sperm, in order to really get the job done, needs to have the three components of sperm viability.
1. Quantity. According to the medical reports, a man is fertile if he has more than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Of the sperm ejaculated, only 200 of that 20 million make it to the egg - and the first one to penetrate the egg gets the prize.
2. Quality. Researchers have discovered that the health of the sperm is as important as the quantity. Morphology (the shape and size of the sperm) is equally important. If one-third of the sperm is normal in shape and structure, having an oval head and a long tail that moves it forward, the man is considered to have healthy sperm. Large or misshapen heads, kinky or double tails are less likely to fertilize an egg.
3. Motility. Move! Semen will only carry the sperm so far, the rest of the trip to the egg rests with the ability of the sperm to swim on their own. Sperm movement is important and if half the sperm are in motion, then the sperm is considered to be healthy.