Male Fertility Test Results Below Par? – How to Make Your Sperm Stronger

The male fertility test is being requested in greater numbers than ever before. Clearly something is not quite right with men’s sperm counts have been on a rapid decline since

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the 50s. Back in the 80s men, on average, had 85% normal sperm and 15% abnormal sperm. Today those figures have been reversed: 15% of sperm is normal and 85% or sperm is abnormal. And these numbers are getting worse.

The World Health Organization (WHO) have had to lower the ‘normal’ sperm reference ranges over the years to accommodate for these declining numbers, as otherwise most men would show as infertile in a male fertility test. Today according to WHO <30% normal looking sperm is considered to be insufficient for a natural conception.

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One of the concerning parts about this sad state of affairs is that most fertility doctors are not too concerned about these figures. Why? Because all that’s needed for IVF is ONE normal looking sperm. Although we are talking about low percentages here, an average ejaculate contains millions of sperm and out of those millions there ought be at least a few fit enough to fertilize your egg. Sadly, the lower the sperm rates the better it is for IVF clinics. So this is where you have to step into the picture and change this scenario for the better. Because the good news is, a poor result from a male fertility test does not automatically mean IVF. Sperm quality and quantity can be treated and abnormal sperm can be transformed into super-sperm in as little as 3-4 months. Click here for more information on how to improve sperm health.

The rapid decline in the quality and quantity of sperm – highlighted by poor male fertility test results – happens to coincide with the introduction of processed, pre-packaged, pre-cooked food treated with pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, colors and preservatives. And a host of other convenient household and personal care products.

Men in particular tend not to be too worried about what’s in their shampoo, tooth paste or their pre-made frozen dinner or a take-away. Convenience and value-for-money is what appeals to the majority of men. Most of the men I know (with the exception of my husband) will have their bathrooms and fridges stocked with well known and easily recognizable commercial brands found in every supermarket. And some men (such as my father) find it hard to accept that their toothpaste could be bad for their prostate or that their beloved late-night snack in the fridge contains cancer-provoking chemicals. As a naturopath well versed in the chemical maze it’s really frustrating and sad for me to watch my loved ones slowly poison themselves. Parents rarely listen to their children and vice-versa, so this is a battle I will have to let go of.

If you’ve been trying to conceive and your partner hasn’t had his sperm tested in less than a year it’s time to consider a male fertility test: a sperm analysis.

You can get the male fertility test done by an andrologist at any professional fertility clinic.

Here are the normal male fertility test sperm ranges:

  • Volume: mL (normal 2-6 mL)
  • Sperm concentration: mill.mL (normal 20-250 mill/mL)
  • Sperm count: mill/mL (normal >60 mill/mL)
  • Sperm motility: motile % (normal >50%)
  • Sperm morphology: % (normal >30%)

Although according to WHO 30% of normal looking sperm is considered fine for conception, Dr. Kruger, the founder of the ‘Kruger morphology method’ begs to differ. He recommends the sperm shape (morphology) should be looked at more carefully as there are more abnormal looking sperm than previously thought. Based on his recommendations, normal sperm morphology (shape) should be 14% and not 30%. The Kruger morphology test is widely used today to determine the exact percentage of abnormally looking sperm.

A sperm looks abnormal if it has:

  • Two heads
  • Very large oval head
  • Crooked head
  • Bent body
  • Tapered head
  • Two of more tails or bodies
  • Curled tail
  • Tail with kinks
  • Short tail
  • Round head
  • Pin sized head

Sperm with these shape abnormalities may not be able to swim, move in the right direction, survive the journey to the egg, or penetrate the egg. Even if fertilization occurs the DNA may be damaged resulting in failed implantation, miscarriage or malformations.

So What should a normal sperm look like?

In 1992 WHO defined a normal sperm shape as follows:

“A normal spermatozoon has an oval head shape with regular outline and a well-defined acrosomal region covering 40-70 % of head; vacuoles occupy less than 20% of the head area. The head: length : 4-5,5 µm, width : 2,5-3,5 µm and lenght/width ratio : 1,5-1,75; no cytoplasmic droplets more than 1/3 of the size of a normal sperm head”.- WHO, 1992.


What can cause sperm to become abnormal?

  • Ingestion of social poisons: caffeine (coffee), alcohol, smoking, marijuana, other recreational drugs
  • Ingestion of pharmaceutical drugs
  • Poor diet
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Radiation exposure
  • Toxicity (heavy metals, pesticides, food additives etc…)
  • Oxidative damage to the sperm as a result of any and all of the above

How to increase male fertility? My Pregnancy rule of thumb is:

‘If it would be bad for an infant – don’t have it yourself at least 90 days before conception’. And this applies to both men and women!

Some natural ways to increase male fertility include specific nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary changes. If you would like to find out about 71 all-natural ways you can rapidly improve the 
quantity & quality of your sperm following a poor male fertility test result click here for information on our sperm health program.

It’s also important to remember that one male fertility test is not enough. If your sperm analysis comes back abnormal you need to have another test before any conclusion can be made and any male infertility treatments can be undertaken. Ideally you should get your sperm tested at a fertility clinic but you may look into SpermCheck fertility test for men if going to the fertility clinic multiple times is proving to be financially straining.

The Male fertility test is easy to perform, painless and absolutely worth doing if love making is not turning out to be fruitful. Abnormal results can be your fuel and motivation for change for the better. The good news is most of my client’s sperm counts after following my program are not only in the normal ranges but above average. There is a natural solution and that’s the best part about abnormal sperm!

What are your thoughts? Did your sperm analysis come back as abnormal? What steps are you taking to correct this? Do you have any tips on how to improve male fertility? Would love to hear from you!

© 2010 Iva Keene and Natural Fertility Prescription

 

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About Iva Keene MRMed. ND.

Iva Keene is an internationally recognized natural fertility specialist and naturopathic physician who has helped thousands of couples with fertility problems on their path to pregnancy.
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6 Responses to Male Fertility Test Results Below Par? – How to Make Your Sperm Stronger

  1. Bolaji says:

    Hello Iva, I did some tests a year ago and the result came back as low sperm count. Coupled with my wife’s anovulation problem we are really in a dilema concerning having children. Pls recommend your program to my wife and i. we will very much appreciated it.

    Regards.

    • Iva Keene says:

      Hi Bolaji,

      Thanks for your messages. I’ll reply to both here. There are many factors which could be contributing to your low sperm count and your wife’s anovulation. PCOS could be one of them. Nutritional deficiencies, diet, lifestyle, exposure to toxins and EM radiation could also contribute to your situation. You’ll find lots of useful information in the articles on this site. However for a detailed 120 day program and additional tests you’ll need to refer to the NFP program. It has all the information you need to increase your sperm count and address your wife’s anovulation. You can find out more about it here: http://ht.ly/1VfEB

      I look forward to helping you and please don´t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions you´d like to ask me.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  2. Ryan says:

    hi Iva.

    me and my wife have been trying to get pregnant for over a year so i got a spern count done they said it there was lots of sperm for there was also slot with large heads and two tails. what would you suggest i’ve read your articles online but i don’t know what to do and we would really like children … what are your thoughts!

    • Iva Keene says:

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You’ve come to the right place and all the info you’ll need is here.

      Sperm abnormalities can luckily be addressed with dietary and lifestyle adjustments and supplementing with the right nutrients at the right dosages.
      All it takes is 90-120 days. Many of my male clients with sperm abnormalities who were willing to follow the NFP program got excellent results. You can read some of their stories in the success stories section. For more info on the topic take a look at the sperm category on the blog here. For more information on all the factors that can influence sperm for better or worse as well as a very detailed step by step outline of what you should and shouldn’t be doing including a treatment protocol, see the NFP program here.

      Hope this helps, if you’d like a detailed fertility analysis of your individual case as well as a tailored practitioner grade supplement prescription for you and your wife go here.

      I look forward to helping you.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  3. IMRAN says:

    Hi Iva,

    i got married from last 5 months but my wife is not getting pregnent.

    Please advise!

    Many thanks

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