Chances Of Getting Pregnant With Low Sperm Count

Sperm and Egg

What is Low Sperm Count?

If a couple has been trying to conceive a child for a while, they may become worried that the man might have a low sperm count. If this is a concern, he can go to the doctor for a sperm count and motility assessment.

Optimally, a couple will want the results of the assessment to show that the man has sperm count levels that are between 40 and 300 million sperm per milliliter of semen. A semen sample with less than 20 million sperm per milliliter is considered to have a low sperm count.

The Diagnosis of Low Sperm Count

Receiving a diagnosis of low sperm count can be very hard for the man to hear. It can affect his feelings about himself and about his fertility and can make him less likely to want to have sex with his wife. Discussing the issue openly with your partner will help overcome the mental aspect of the diagnosis. While not what you wanted to hear, at least you now know and can take steps to try and improve the situation. Once you recover from the “sucker punch” feeling of the diagnosis, you can refocus and make changes that can improve the situation.

The first thing they can do is avoid having sex too often or too far apart. If a man already has a low sperm count, having sex too often may deplete his sperm stores without giving his testes a chance to make more. Between 48 and 72 hours is an ideal time frame between sexual encounters while trying to conceive.

Next, the man should make sure that his testicles have room to regulate their temperature. Wearing underwear that is too tight, wearing pants that don’t breathe, or spending too much time in hot baths or hot tubs may decrease the testicles’ ability to keep their temperature stable and maintain ideal sperm production.

A balanced, healthy diet and ensuring to stay well hydrated can be also effective in improving sperm count. Your diet should be high in good-quality fat and protein and low in sugar and junk food. Mild to moderate daily exercise can help improve a man’s overall health as well as his hormonal and testicle health. He should, however, avoid heavy or excessive exercise, especially while wearing restrictive clothing.

It is always a good idea for him to avoid alcohol, smoking, and street drugs while trying to conceive, as those can all harm sperm production as well.

In addition to making these lifestyle changes, there are herbal fertility supplements like Fertilaid and Countboost for men that have a very good track record of improving sperm health and sperm count. This is definitely worth a try before heading back to the doctor for more in depth medical treatment to help you get pregnant.

If none of those things helps improve the couple’s ability to conceive, and low sperm count is suspected, the doctor may recommend a more invasive and expensive course of action. The first option is IUI—intra-utero insemination, in which the sperm is sampled, cleaned and inserted into the cervix in order to fertilize the egg. The second option is IVF—in-vitro fertilization. This is when the sperm are harvested and combined with the egg in a petri dish, then implanted into the uterus. Both of these methods have relatively high success rates.

Hopefully, though, a diagnosis of low sperm count doesn’t necessarily mean that the couple will have to resort to these invasive procedures. With an overall improvement in the man’s health, his sperm count may go up, and it only takes one strong, healthy swimmer to fertilize the egg.

  • bassem

    mine sperm count 7 million, is there any chance to make them up to the normal count 20 million or it is not that easy ?

  • earthsmagic

    There is no telling how well you would respond to a herbal supplement. Fertilaid for Men, paired with CountBoost, would be a good place to start. After you have taken it for 2 or 3 months, you can get retested to see how much your sperm count has improved. Unfortunately, if you live outside the United States, we are unable to purchase these supplements from

  • kerry

    Hi. My partner has a low sperm count due to a op when he was younger and mumps, is there anything we can do to help his sperm count and make conceiving easier??

  • Vickie B.

    Fertility supplements like FertilAid and Countboost usually will help, but it sounds like you partner has some extenuating circumstances. You really need to talk to your doctor to see what he says.

  • Sam

    My husband HAD diabetes and is in his early 40’s… would Fertilaid for Men, paired with CountBoost be a good idea for him?

  • shafique awan

    there come mis carriage of my wife twice and no pregnancy come sice last four years. my sperm count is less

  • donna

    can a man with low sperm count father twins with normal sex intercourse?

  • donna

    please ladies, I need your help. Is it possible a man with low sperm count to father twins performing normal sex?

  • jayshree krishnan

    I born baby 2011 my son is no more i planned again. But that baby also miscarriage on Aug 2013…my husband sperm count is 6 million ..want to know is this problem where i cant conceive baby…what to do now to increase my hubby sperm count pls reply me

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    I want to delete pls reply

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  • danielle

    Identical twins are made when one sperm fertilizes one egg that divide to becomes two zygotes which grow to fetuses. Fraternal twins are made when two different eggs (usually one from each ovary) are fertilized by two different sperm. The likliehood of twins is Dependant on the woman’s likeliness of the egg dividing, or two eggs released within a few days of each other.

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  • rabee

    I have two miscarriage s from two I can’t pregnant my husband have slow sperm what can I do now my age is 30 year

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  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, it sounds like you have multiple fertility issues to deal with. What has your doctor said?

  • Vickie B.

    You said that your husband’s sperm doesn’t move like it should. So while there maybe egg quality issues, there are other factors at play regarding your ability to get and stay pregnant.

  • Kymberlee Finley Smith

    Yes I have twins

  • Fe

    Hi, My husband is 35years, his sperm count is 2million – what can he do to increase it – Can he get me pregnant with that Low Sperm Count?.
    I am 29Years and I have Endeometrosis – and PCOS. We are trying to start a family but it has taken us a year – and I haven’t been able to get pregnant, its also hard to know when i am ovulating as I don’t have regular periods. I have been told that we should do IVF –
    Does anyone have this symptoms/ Can i get Pregnant/ is there any natural Fertility treatment? I would appreciate any advise

  • Vickie B.

    Probably the best thing you could do is look into getting fertility supplements. Not sure where you are located but FairhavenHealth has supplements for both men and women. If you are in the US we have what they offer too.

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  • ahmed

    My sprem count is 10 million how can increase

  • Vickie B.

    Taking a herbal supplement like FertilAid for Men and CountBoost would be helpful to increase your sperm count.

  • kim

    Hello Vicky im glad i found this site who has someone always answering the post questions here.So my problem goes like this.My last period was last Deccember 6 2014 ended up last December 10 and we had sex December 13.Obviously i am so much delayed with my period,January 11 ,12 i took home pregnancy test but its negative,3rd attempt january 12 very early in the morning and i didnt drink water so the urine is not so diluted.And january 15 i went to the doctor for my blood test and its showed up negative again.I dont know what’s wrong with me im also scared especially when i read some forum telling that even they got negative result at the end they got positive.Im so paranoid and scared to get pregnant.And by the way i last december i engage my self into running and yoga,The yoga is only once a week and its very rough for me.Do you think this is the reason?and another thing when i am so worried about what i read fro what other woman said i also feel like im having a pregnancy symptoms but if im not thinking too much i feel so normal,what’s wrong with me,,pls help,This past 11 days of my life was sooo stresful because of this im so scared :( PLEASE help me to enlighten my mind ..Thank you

  • brenda

    Last January my husband found out he had a low sperm count but in August I found out I was pregnant now we are having a girl so yes you can just don’t give up

  • Linda

    Hi Kim, don’t be nervous. If you tested at home and you went to the doctors and both came out negative dunt worry you’re not pregnant. It does happen that u might not see your period m this is due to stress or eating habits. What you should do now is to speak to your doctor abs ask why your period isn’t coming and you’re not pregnant. My friend went through the same exact thing. Keep calm

  • kim

    hello Miss Linda,thank you so much,,just wanna tell i already had my period january 17 nightime,so its a big relief for me since im not ready to be a mother :)Maybe we should be careful and be responsible more about this issue :) thank you and have a good day :)

  • beautiful29

    If my tubes are burned and tied for 6 years and I been with my partner for 8 years and have not got pregnant… I’m with a new partner is it a chance he can get me pregnant with high sperm count please I need answers thanks

  • Vickie B.

    If the procedure was done correctly, it should matter what his sperm count is. You should not be able to get pregnant.

  • beautiful29

    Ok thanks for the past week I been having pregnancy signs eating a lot sleeping mood swings . I went too the hospital and the urine test said I was not pregnant .is urine more accurate then blood should I get a blood test done . also when I pee Its white milky stuff

  • Vickie B.

    You really need to talk to your doctor about the urine issue. If you really want a blood test, I would wait a while. When is your period due? You should wait at least until you are past that due date before you go asking for a blood test.

  • beautiful29

    Ok I’m pose too come on my period next month so I will wait I guess and see

  • lisa

    is it possible to become pregnant by a man with low sperm count if he pulled out?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s possible, as it only takes one sperm to get to the egg. If he has low sperm count it makes it a little more difficult to get pregnant and if he didn’t ejaculate the chances are even smaller.

  • monica

    Me and my husband deal with low sperms count and are about to try iui. Is there anything we can take that isn’t so expensive?

  • Vickie B.

    Your husband can try taking a herbal supplement combination. FertilAid for Men with the addition of Countboost for Men might help raise his sperm count.

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