What is Normal Sperm Count?
So you want to know about the little guys, eh? When a man ejaculates, there are impressive quantities of those little swimmers. But you never really thought much about it before you thought about trying to conceive, did you? Of course, you’ve heard all the jokes from guys about their penises and semen and sperm, and you rolled your eyes at the time.
But now you wish you had listened more carefully to what they were saying! Semen and sperm seem like the most important topic for you: what’s the best consistency? What are some foods my husband should eat or avoid to make the best quality sperm? Are hot tubs safe, or will they hurt the sperm? Boxers or briefs?
So here are some hard numbers for you:
- Normal sperm count should be at least 20 million per mL. Anything less than this is considered a low sperm count.
- There should be about 2 mL of semen when a man ejaculates.
- Around 75% of the sperm should be alive; 25% will be dead upon ejaculation.
- At least 30% should be normal shape and size, and at least 25% should be swimming rapidly forward.
Chances are, these numbers don’t mean a lot to you. Twenty million is a number too high for most people to understand, let alone trying to think about 20 million tiny swimming single-celled organisms in 2 mL of liquid!
What will likely mean a lot to you is how your husband can maintain those numbers to give you the best chance of getting pregnant.