Improving Sperm Motility

Often, difficulties with conception are related to issues with sperm. There are three main issues associated with sperm, including:

  • Sperm Motility – This means that the sperm struggle to navigate through the cervical mucus and female reproductive system.
  • Sperm Count – The likelihood of conception is lowered due to low sperm counts in the semen.
  • Sperm Morphology – Sperm are not formed properly, meaning that they might be unfit for fertilization.

Luckily, sperm motility can be improved in several different ways.

Improving Sperm Motility with Diet and Lifestyle Changes

If you’re experiencing issues with sperm motility, making changes in your diet and lifestyle can help.

Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are two of the main issues that can impact your sperm motility. These bad habits also affect the sperm count and overall sperm health in a negative manner.

Nutrition can also affect sperm motility, especially because diets low in carnitine are thought to cause issues with regard to sperm. L-Carnitine and Acetyl-L-Carnintine are two amino acids thought to improve sperm motility by providing sperm with energy via the transference of fatty acids to the proper location within the body. Red meats are especially rich in these amino acids.

Deficiencies in certain nutrients, especially vitamin A and C and zinc, can also impact sperm quality and motility. Healthy sperm production is also promoted through consumption of adequate amounts of folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. If you find it difficult to consume the right types of foods or nutrients required for healthy sperm health, high-quality supplements can help. There are some supplements specifically intended to promote sperm motility, making them ideal choices for men suffering from these issues.

Low Sperm Motility and Hormone Deficiencies

A deficiency in testosterone is another common culprit of low sperm motility. However, this issue is easily resolvable. In fact, there are many ways in which you can naturally increase testosterone levels, including:

  • Weight Loss – Being overweight can severely impact both your general health and testosterone levels. By taking efforts to lose weight, you can improve both simultaneously.
  • Intense Exercise Routines – While exercise is generally good for your health, rounds of short, intense workouts can help to build your testosterone levels. However, it is important to keep in mind that longer, more moderate workouts will not produce the same effects.
  • Increase Levels of Vitamin D – Healthy doses of sunshine or taking supplements for vitamin D are essential. This is because vitamin D has been proven to help increase testosterone levels.
  • Reduce Stress – Stress triggers the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that blocks the effects of testosterone. Taking the initiative to reduce stress through exercise and meditation can help.
  • Medication – Sometimes, modifying your lifestyle isn’t enough. Fortunately, there are medications that can help in these instances.


Low Sperm Motility and Physical and Genetic Issues

In some instances, improving low sperm motility is unfortunately impossible. If a genetic defect is the cause of low motility, there is no way to correct the issue through the use of supplements, medicines, or hormones.

In other cases, low motility is caused by physical defects such as variocele. While the physical problem can be corrected, sperm motility might not improve as a result.

It is important to seek a proper diagnosis for genetic and physical issues. If you find that neither a genetic or physical problem is the source of low sperm motility, you can turn to lifestyle modifications or other methods to effect positive changes.


  • Rakesh

    am a 29 year old and married person(2 year) , twice examined the semen and the result 98% count & 10-15 % motility.

    I am a non-alcoholic/smoking person, working in a normal situation.

    Please help me to improve sperm motility.

  • Zach

    Hi Rakesh!
    I am a 41 year old male and I just got the news that I have lower motility too. Are you taking ginseng, zinc, lycopene? Those are said to be good natural supplements to help motility. Also have you been to a physician? I am going soon to a fertility doctor. I will reply with more information when I get it. Stay strong brother!

  • nikanika

    We i am 34 married for 3 years, now trying to conceive, got my semen counted doctor was glad cuase my count came out to be around 200 millions, only had mobility problem, due to hot bath, so i have stop, waiting to see the difference

  • nikanika

    Rakesh , timing of intercourse is very important. As for me my wife and i works at a very bad schedule, both work at nights making it very difficult to time , when to have intercourse


    dominic am 29 year old i examined the semen and the result 26.4 million count & non-directional(shivering) motility.

    I am a non-alcoholic/smoking person, working in a normal situation.

    Please help me to improve sperm motility.

  • Vickie B.

    FertilAid for Men and Motility Boost can help improve your sperm health and motility issues. It is not a guarantee of improvement though. It really depends on how your body reacts to the herbs and if there is an anatomical reason for your sperm issues.

  • Anick

    hi, i have problem with my semen is very very poor. 3 months back i had a sperm counts test the result was 6.3 million only. i went to our staff doctor asking for his advise. he gave me spermadol to increase the semen after 3 months i went to the clinic which i had with my first test. the result was 5.5 million. decreased compared to the 1st test i had. i was so upset…. we been married for more 2 years now. would you help me with my problem

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, unless you are in the United States, we can not send you the herbal products that might help. If you are in the US, Fertilaid and Countboost might be worth a try to help improve your sperm count. Many of our customers have had good results with these products.


    I am 33 years old and my sperm count is 8.5 million/ml with only 10% motility, that too all of non-progressive types. Is there any chance of normal/IVF pregnancy? We have been trying for 2.5 years.

  • Vickie B.

    You will have to discuss this with a fertility doctor to see what they say the chances are.

  • Sajeel

    Semen Analysis Report is normal or not?
    PLZ help me

    Abstinence period 3 day

    Volume 3ml

    PH 8

    Total Sperm 47 million/ ml


    Active 35%

    Sluggish 15%

    Immotile 50

    Morphology Normal

  • Vickie B.

    We are not doctors and not able to evaluate your results. You need to talk to your doctor about that.

  • Sajeel

    so what you evaluate from result

  • Vickie B.

    I have no idea. You need to talk to your doctor.

  • dadedido31

    u have nothing to worry because the total amount of sperm count is 5million usually. i think there is another problem on u too.

  • dadedido31

    i tink you need to improve on your motility. were on a same situation.

  • dadedido31

    i also have a problem with my motility. my sperm count is 2.5M only and my motile is only 30%. now im working on both. stressful and im so depress now, im married now for 2 years and half.

  • Vickie B.

    Actually dadedido31, that is not correct. He does have low sperm count. “Your sperm count is considered lower than normal if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen.”

  • Sajeel

    what is best method to improve motility?

  • Shah

    Your total sperm count is good. 47 million is good. But you need more than 51% of your sperm to be active. Currently your active sperm is 35%. 15% moving very slow.
    50% of your sperm is not moving at all. The morphology means the shape/form of your sperm is normal.

  • Mamun Ahmad

    I am 42 yrs old. Having sperm motility nil. Pls advice how can I get my sperm motility normal?

  • Vickie B.

    You really need to discuss this with your doctor. No sperm motility is a major issue if you are trying to get pregnant.

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