What is sperm motility? How does it affect fertility?
One of the prerequisites for achieving fertilization and successful pregnancy is sperm motility. It has a contribution to your success rates in ART procedures like IUI and IVF. Healthy sperm motility is sperms with forwarding progressions of at least 25 micrometres per second. Sperm motility also refers to the ability of the sperm to swim efficiently to reach the egg during the process called fertilization.
There are different types of sperm motility issues:
Slow or sluggish progressive motility
Non-progressive motility, which is as anything less than 5 micrometres per second
Sperm motility testing is through a routine semen analysis. These are usually obtained by masturbation at a doctor’s office or testing laboratory. A condition of slow sperm motility is known as Asthenozoospermia when less than 40% of total sperms are motile.
Causes of Asthenozoospermia:
Genital tract infections
Prolonged period of abstinence.
Immotile cilia syndrome
A few changes in the lifestyle may help increase sperm motility for some men:
Maintain a healthy weight
Limit cell phone exposure
Talk to our fertility doctor if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for 12 or more months. Our fertility doctors can test you and can provide the necessary guidance to increase sperm motility. Talk to the doctor now!
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