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

      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

  • 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


    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.

    • 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


    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.

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

    • Ganesh Kalbhor

      Hi suraj what did your doctor suggest? Did normal/IVF work for you?

  • 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

    • 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

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

    • dadedido31

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

      • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mamun Ahmad

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

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

  • Umer

    I am umer farooq khan from Pakistan. please find the attachment of my “Seaman Test Report”. i am too much worried about my report. please tell me how i perform well during intercouse with my wife & how i improve my head counts…etc

    Umer Farooq Khan
    0092 331 8766610

    • Unfortunately, we are not doctors and can not advise on your test results. You need to talk with your doctor and see what he advises.

    • Unfortunately, the tests show that you have no sperm count. You will really need to discuss this situation with your doctor.

  • Jony

    Hi I am 29 year old and married(5 years) .My sperm count is 22million/ml, volume 2.5ml,Total active sperms 70%,Total active motility 60%,sluggish 10%,Dead sperm 30% .

    please tell me is my report okay

    • As we are not doctors, we can not evaluate your numbers. You need to discuss this with your doctor.

      • Jony


  • Wilson Thomas

    30 years old
    my motility 5 % only what i do please help me
    which food i need to eat
    3 month i eat this medicine but still same result

    • So what medicine have you been taking? I was going to suggest Fertilaid for Men and MotlityBoost, but if you are already taking these supplements, you might have issues that can’t be helped with herbal / nutritional supplements.

      • Wilson Thomas


        I took treatment for MUMPS at 15 years of age. My marriage life is one year

        • Toni Georgiev

          i have the same result like you , can you tell me if you have some improvements ?

  • omarali

    do i have problem with motility ? can moderate forward prog reach the egg and fertilize it
    A – fast forward prog. 15%
    B- Moderate forward pro 40%
    C -slow prog 25%
    D -motile in place 20%

  • amit

    I am a 27 year old and married (2) year examin semen report 110 million/ ml,active 25% ,sllugishly 35 , non motile 40 %
    Non alcoholic, not smoking person
    How can I am improving active sperm count

  • James Triphahn

    32 years old. I was just diagnosed with low motility. I have been trying to concieve for 2 years with no luck. sadly we are on a time table as she was told to conceive asap because they want to remove parts from her due to cancer. She has been cleared and able to have kids, but my swimmers just wont make it there.

  • sandeep dubey

    I am 35 Year old my sperm count 29 And Sperm motility 00%,. I am non alcohlic and non smoker

  • D Singh

    Hi I am 35 years old married peson. I have 40% sperm motility.
    I havent any child yet. Could I become father ???

  • Yemane

    I have a result that shows low motility & low morphology. Beside this the result shows round, enlarg, racket & double spermatozoa seen on the test. What does it mean

  • Zunnoorain Zulfiqar Ahmad

    I have a result that shows

    Volume 05 ml,
    ph Alkaline 8.0
    color dirty white
    Viscosity Thick
    Agglutination Nil
    Liquefaction time 35 min
    Total Count 155 million
    Alive 68%, Dead 32 %
    Motile 44%
    Immotile 56%
    Active 12%
    Moderate 17%
    Sluggish 15%

    Normal Form 78%
    Abnormal 22%

    Pus Cell 1-2
    RBC 0-1
    Epithelial cell 5-8

    • We are not doctors and can not analyse your results. Your doctor should be able to help you understand what the numbers mean.

  • Zani Rana

    I am a 26 year old and married.I have a result that shows
    Volume 2.0 ml,
    Reaction: Alkaline
    color: Grey opalescent
    Viscosity: Normal
    Sperm Count: 102.0 MILL/ML >20000000 ml
    Pus Cells: 1-2 /HPF
    R B Cs: 0-1 /HPF
    Epith Cells: Nill
    Progression: GOOD (3) Range (0-4)
    20 min 60 min 120 min
    Active (35 %) (30%) (20%)
    Sluggish (20 %) (15%) (10%)
    Non Motil (45 %) (55%) (70%)

    Normal Form 80%
    Abnormal 20%

    What does it mean.?

    • Unfortunately, we are not doctors and can not analyse your results. Please speak to your doctor for help understanding what the numbers mean for you.

Last modified: December 12, 2014