Treating Abnormal Sperm
Having abnormal sperm isn’t like having a low sperm count. A low sperm count can often be addressed in a number of ways, such as simply switching from briefs to boxers or making a handful of basic nutritional or lifestyle changes. It’s not that treating a low sperm count is easy, per se, but rather that it’s easier to treat than having abnormal sperm.
It’s important to put the issue of abnormal sperm in it’s place, first of all. Most male factor infertility is due to a low sperm count. In fact, some experts suggest that as many as 80 percent of male factor infertility situations involve a low sperm count.
The next most common problem for male infertility is low sperm motility. Low sperm motility is harder to treat than a low sperm count, although some more aggressive fertility treatments are able to actually remove the sperm from the semen, “wash” it and then use it in an intrauterine insemination (IUI) or used in a procedure such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) procedure. Abnormal sperm can often benefit from this type of procedure as well.
One treatment option for abnormal sperm is through the use of herbal or nutritional supplements. Supplements that contain ginseng, vitamin C, lycopene, and zinc have been used for many years to help a man with fertility problems. These supplements are not guaranteed to work, and they won’t necessarily work for everyone, but they may be a less expensive and less involved option for treating the man with abnormal sperm.
There is some evidence to suggest that things like smoking and exposure to heavy metals may also cause issues with abnormal sperm. If you can avoid these kinds of things, you may find you’re producing more normal sperm and fewer abnormal sperm.
Ultimately, if you believe you are struggling with abnormal sperm, you should talk to your doctor or other health care provider about testing and what kinds of options might be available to you in terms of treatment.