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How Does Low Sperm Motility Affect Getting Pregnant?


Low sperm motility can greatly affect getting pregnant.  While it is not as common of a problem as having a low sperm count, low sperm motility can be much more difficult of a fertility problem for a man to address than a low sperm count.  While low sperm count can often be treated with a simple lifestyle change or with a medication of one sort or another, problems with low sperm motility and the way it affects getting pregnant more often will require a more aggressive, complicated, and costly solution.

First, it is important to know how exactly low sperm motility affects getting pregnant.  Sperm motility refers to the movement that takes place among sperm after ejaculation.  The sperm need to travel through the vagina, past the cervix, and up into the fallopian tubes in order to be able to fertilize an egg, which results in getting pregnant.  If the sperm are not moving forward, if the sperm are not moving quickly enough, or if enough sperm are not moving, your chances of getting pregnant are greatly affected.  A regular sperm motility level should be at least 50%.  This means that, of all of the sperm, around at least half of them will be moving forward correctly.  Low sperm motility is any level below that 50%.

There are often not very many medical treatments available for low sperm motility.  In most cases, the only reliable medical solutions to having low sperm motility tend to be IVF and ICSI, two procedures which place the sperm in direct contact with the egg, so that sperm motility cannot affect getting pregnant.

Still, there are other methods that some men have relied on in terms of sperm motility and getting pregnant.  There are some nutritional supplements that may help affect getting pregnant.  These might include things like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Selenium, Zinc, and other nutrients.  In some instances, men have looked to alternative therapies, ranging from acupressure to homeopathic remedies to help with their low sperm motility, as well.

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Last modified: November 8, 2013

The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.