What Constitutes Healthy Sperm?
50% Of The Responsibility Is His
In spite of the fact that you and your partner have been trying to conceive for several months, nothing has changed and there is no baby-bump on the horizon. However, a year has not yet come and gone, which means that technically, as a couple you are not considered infertile. Fertility treatments are not deemed necessary at this point. While a lot of pressure rests on a woman to be sure she's in top condition to conceive, there is an equal amount of responsibility in the guy's direction to be sure he's doing everything possible to ensure his sperm are healthy and up to the task.
Male fertility depends upon the quality and quantity of his sperm, which can be affected by any number of things. Life proves you cannot control everything that happens, but there are many things that are in your control when it comes to maximizing your sperm health and performance.
What Determines Fertility In A Man?
The criterion for male fertility is determined by three factors, quantity, quality, and motility (ability to move). A guy is considered fertile if he has more than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Of all the millions of sperm ejaculated in semen, only about 200 of them successfully make it to the destination and of them, only one does the job of fertilizing the egg. It isn't good enough to have enough. The sperm must be of high quality as well. Normal sperm look like little ovals with long tails. If the shape or structure of the sperm is off, then they can't do the job. Sperm that have curly, kinky, or split tails or misshapen, oversized, or undersized heads are unlikely to be able to fertilize the egg. If one-third of your sperm is normal, you are considered fertile. Finally, the sperm have to be Olympic standard swimmers. Getting into the water is great, but the wave only carries the sperm so far. Once inside, the sperm have to swim and squirm their way to the fallopian tube where the egg waits. Then, it has to be strong enough to penetrate the egg. If half of your sperm are in motion, you're in the park and considered fertile.