Can You Calculate Your Sperm Motility?
There are three major problems that men can face when it comes to fertility: a low sperm count, low sperm motility and abnormal sperm. Of those, more than half of male fertility issues are caused by a low sperm count. A significant number of men, however, do experience trouble trying to conceive because of low sperm motility.
It’s important, first of all, to understand what sperm motility exactly is. Sperm motility is the way that your sperm move, in the right direction and at the right pace, through the female reproductive system after intercourse. How your sperm move will determine how successful you are at trying to conceive.
We measure sperm motility as a percentage. The percentage is the number of sperm that can be observed moving forward and a regular pace. Normal sperm motility is about 50 percent, meaning that about half of your sperm are moving at the right pace and in the right direction. If you have sperm motility below 50 percent, it can cause problems.
You really can’t calculate your own sperm motility at home. You need the assistance of a health care provider with specialized equipment. Any time you have your sperm analyzed by a fertility specialist, they will check all three of the major sperm issues, including sperm count, sperm motility and sperm abnormality. They will do so using a number of different techniques, but it really boils down to the process of watching your sperm do their thing under the lens of a high-powered microscope.
There are a few options for men with low sperm motility. IVF and ICSI are fertility procedures that may help. Some men have had luck improving their motility with dietary changes, or with certain herbal or nutritional supplements, as well. If you experience low sperm motility, your doctor will have some ideas for you about the types of things you might be able to do to increase your chances of conceiving.