How Can I Calculate My Sperm Motility?



The short answer to this question is that, without the help of a health care provider, you can’t calculate your sperm motility.  Having said that, a semen analysis which includes a look at sperm motility is a part of a standard workup that is done when you seen a fertility specialist about problems trying to conceive.  The semen analysis will not only calculate your sperm motility, it will also look at your sperm count to make sure that you are producing enough sperm, and it will look at the size and shape of your sperm to make sure that there are no abnormalities.

A semen analysis is just one of the three primary tests that you will undergo when you go in for fertility testing.  The other two tests are an FSH test and a test of the woman’s fallopian tubes.  The FSH test will confirm that the woman is still able to ovulate.  The test of the fallopian tubes is designed to make sure that there is not a blockage that would cause a problem with fertility.

Sperm motility is calculated using a percentage.  This number refers to the percentage of sperm that are observed moving forward at a regular pace.  Sperm need to be able to travel forward, in the right direction, and quickly enough to make it through the vaginal canal, past the cervix and into the fallopian tubes before they are no longer viable.  Generally speaking, normal sperm motility will be at 50% or more.  If sperm motility is below 50%, it may cause a problem with conception.





There are few medical remedies for low sperm motility.  Some men with low sperm motility have tried a variety of nutritional supplements, which may help them with their low sperm motility problem.  Low sperm motility can be addressed through rather aggressive medical intervention, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).  These procedures, however, cannot guarantee fertilization.


Last modified: February 10, 2013

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