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

      • 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

        • jayshree krishnan

          I want to delete pls reply

      • AKhan

        hi dear, i had a semen test …the doctor has a remarks “SEMEN OF REDUCED PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE”
        What to do?

    • Xmen

      So how

  • 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??

    • 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?

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  • 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?

      • Kymberlee Finley Smith

        Yes I have twins

    • 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

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

      • Lo

        When my husband went to the doctor, he had 2 sperm. Not 2 million, just 2. I did not know a low count was considered 20 million. I know it only takes one, but what are the chances of it happening naturally?

  • rabee

    Please help me all woman’s says the fault is my ovary my menstrual cycle is normal is that true because of miscarriage my ovary is week that why I am not conceive from two years

    • 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.

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  • 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

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  • ahmed

    My sprem count is 10 million how can increase

    • 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

        • 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 🙂

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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

        • 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?

    • 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?

    • 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.

  • I-man

    I am male 28, we’re trying for pregnancy. We married 11 months ago. My wife’s reports are normal. I got sperm count over 50/ml but the main issue is with mortality, I guess. It is 30%. I eat twice a day, very little, I am a smoker too (light cigarettes). I work 12 hours a day (on laptop). What should I do to get her pregnant?

    • As you already have sperm issues, you should stop all the things that you are doing that could make them worse. Stop smoking and improving your nutrition might help. If your laptop is on your lap and not on a desk, that might make matters worse for you as well.

  • shaaa

    i have low sperm count can i get pregnent my wife?

    • Taking a fertility supplement like FertilAid for Men and Countboost might improve your sperm count.

  • curiousandimpatient

    I want to have a child but his daughter is ten. I wonder if I took fertility pills, would that increase the chances of getting pregnant without him having to take meds.

    • It really depends of where the issue lies. You taking a fertility supplement like FertilAid for Women will optimize your fertility, but if there is a problem with his sperm it may still be hard to get pregnant. Just because he has had a child 10 years ago doesn’t mean his sperm is still it great shape. Environment and health habits can affect the health of the sperm.

  • caloi

    i have between 9-11 million sperm count when i did the test. My wife and I are trying to conceive our first child for a year now and still nothing happen. Her OB doctor said upon seeing our lab results and my sperm count test and after running some test that we have no problem at all. Does she mean we can still conceive even if i have low sperm count?

  • ismail

    i am 30 years of age ..

    color-cream/ ph-80




    Motility :-fast progressive – 20%

    :-slow progressive -10%

    :- dead cells – 70%

    Morphology :- Normal cell -20%

    :-Abnormal cell -80%

    :-sperm count =23.6×10/ml

    please advice me how much % chance to become a father

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  • Madhu Mohan

    Please advice me
    I have sperm count 50million
    Motility 70%
    Morphology NORMAL

    What are my chances?

  • Madhan

    Please suggest me
    I have sperm count 50million
    Motility 70%
    Morphology NORMAL
    My wife is in normal condition

    Is there any normal conceiving chances?

  • sherine henry

    Can 65year old with a low sperm count get a girl pregnant

  • elvis

    We’ve been trying for about 8 months now. My semen analysis is like this vol. 2.3 motility 82% grade of motility good. Morphology 90% sperm count 19.5 liquefaction 25min leucocytes 1.4 . With these analysis what are my chances to get my wife pregnant.

  • Annuj Sederap

    Hi im just new in this site and hoping to see success stories and get ourselves motivated that we will be blessed with a baby dust one day. Well i have undergo series of test includes HSG all came normal for me but my DH is on the low side 1.2M sperm count, 40%Motility and 60% Morphology but his Puscells are 25-40 which is really on the higher side. We are seeing a urologist this weekend to see why he has that much puscells on his sample. Is there anyone on this forum experience this? Help please i need someone to talk to….

    We are 3 years Married I’m 34 and my DH is 33. Thank you and God Bless you all.

  • Chrissy


    My husband also has a really low sperm count (4 million was the last test result) and motility from testicular cancer. We went to an ivf appointment and they said our chances of conceiving naturally were 5%. We still wanted to try on our own for a bit before going through with ivf. I heard about the clear blue fertility test kit, so I picked it up and on the 3rd month of using it we ended up pregnant! It was 70 something for a two month supply, but maybe you can try it? We didn’t think it could happen naturally, but it did.

    • Chrissy

      Clearblue advanced digital ovulation test is the one I bought.

      • JaiDa’s Mommie AlwaysReal

        Where do I purchase this

  • Godfrey

    Hi I’m a 22 year old sperm donor and I have been donating to a couple (AI) for two cycles and the donations haven’t been successful, I have previous helped other couples and they conceived after only two cycles, I’m starting to worry about whether my sperm is in good shape are there any tips on increase my quality and count.

    • Kay

      Hello, i am 21 and my partner has just reached 30. i believe he has a low sperm count, but he wont go the doctors to find out (which i understand as he may give up hope) But you ladies out there OR men could you advice meds pref vitamins…. please help because all our relationship we have wanted to be parents. and i may be wrong but as he is getting older i am petrified his sperm count could be getting lower and lower.. Please if anyone knows please help. Kay x

      • Jacqueline Cruz

        Try natural herbs juicing and a multi vitamin for men . also omega and fish oil pills my husband took them for three months and with Gods blessing his sperm levels recently went up.

    • Jacqueline Cruz

      If it were you the clinic wouldn’t allow you to do that I’m sure they check

  • Yatheesh

    Hi, I am 26 year old and I have 7 million/ ml. We have tried to get conceive for two times. Once unfortunately got miss Carrie and time there was no any result.
    Pls suggest me to improve my sperm count and improve the chances of getting pregnancy.

    • Ravulekar Santosh

      Hi Yateesh,
      I also undergone with the same situation with only one million count I almost lost all the hopes but fortunately tried some home remedies likes vegetable juice daily for four months along with ayurvedic medicine which boost my counts to 17 million and I thank almighty! Now she is pregnant. So never give up

      • Faisaldar Parco

        Dear sir! I have the same issue like you. Can you guide me the vegetable juices and ayurvedic medixines you used and their ussage procedure.

    • Jacqueline Cruz

      Herbs and multi vitamin for men

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  • JaiDa’s Mommie AlwaysReal

    My husband and I have been trying for 2 years with his sperm count being low and honestly just quit smoking.I’m 25 and he’s 29,do we still have a chance?If so what are the steps that we should take

    • Janice Braden

      Try preseed

  • Jacqueline Cruz

    Don’t give up. Of course Dr’s are gonna want you to do ivf. My husband was at 0% and for three months I made juices for him with greens and fruits EVERYDAY he took a men’s multi vitamin, fish oil pills, omega pills and natural herbs of course he got tired of it but thanks to God we recently found out he’s at 2% and our Dr wants us to try naturally for 3 months with sex only on fertile days. Hope this helps also don’t give him testosterone to much can affect fertility

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  • PMS

    Yeah our count is 3000 we’re screwed.

    • Micky

      Pms i have a 3000 sperm count went through ivf n worked first time now me n my wife have a 16 month old

  • m rafiq

    I have 9 million per ml sperm count and motility is 10 percent. Is it ok to become a father.

  • Madz

    Hi. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past 4-5 months and I’m not pregnant yet… He does drink 6-8 redbulls a day and does smoke cigarettes and I also smoke but not as much… trying to stop… but he is struggling to stop with the red bulls and cigarettes… can the redbulls affect his sperm count?
    Also I think he has a low sperm count but he won’t go to the doc to check it out… what can I do and what must he do?

    • Unfortunately, the caffeine in the red bull affect the sperm in a very negative fashion. Caffeine and smoking are not helping your chances of getting pregnant. He really needs to wean off those two things to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

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