Low sperm count, or oligospermia, is a common condition that affects many men worldwide. According to research, about 15% of couples are infertile, and about 30% of the cases are due to male infertility. However, the good news is that there are various treatment options available for men with low sperm count. In this article, we will explore some of the treatment solutions for men with low sperm count, with the help of SCI IVF Hospital.
SCI IVF Hospital is a leading fertility hospital based in New Delhi, India, that provides comprehensive fertility treatments for both men and women. The hospital has a team of experienced fertility specialists and embryologists who use the latest technology and techniques to provide personalized and effective fertility treatments.
- Lifestyle Changes
The first step towards improving sperm count is to make some lifestyle changes. Some lifestyle factors that can affect sperm count include smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, obesity, and poor diet. Therefore, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, avoiding drugs, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a balanced diet can help improve sperm count.
If lifestyle changes do not improve sperm count, medication may be recommended. Some medications that can improve sperm count include clomiphene citrate, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG). These medications help stimulate the production of sperm in the testicles, leading to an increase in sperm count.
If the cause of low sperm count is due to a blockage or other physical abnormality in the reproductive system, surgery may be recommended. Surgery can remove the blockage or correct the abnormality, thus improving sperm count. Some surgical procedures that may be recommended include varicocele repair, testicular biopsy, and vasectomy reversal.
- Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART)
Assisted reproductive techniques (ART) are fertility treatments that involve the manipulation of sperm and/or eggs outside the body. Some ART techniques that may be recommended for men with low sperm count include:
a) Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing washed sperm directly into a woman’s uterus during ovulation. This technique is suitable for men with low sperm count, as the washed sperm is of higher quality and can improve the chances of pregnancy.
b) In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment that involves fertilizing an egg outside the body and transferring the resulting embryo(s) into the woman’s uterus. During IVF, sperm is collected from the male partner, and the best quality sperm is used to fertilize the eggs. This technique is suitable for men with low sperm count, as it can bypass the need for natural conception.
c) Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a technique that involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg. This technique is suitable for men with very low sperm count or abnormal sperm morphology. ICSI can significantly increase the chances of fertilization and pregnancy.
- Donor Sperm
In cases where the male partner has extremely low or no sperm count, donor sperm may be recommended. Donor sperm can be obtained from a sperm bank, and the sperm is screened for genetic and infectious diseases. Donor sperm can be used for IUI, IVF, or ICSI.
In conclusion, low sperm count is a common condition that affects many men worldwide. However, there are various treatment solutions available for men with low sperm count. The treatment options range from lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, assisted reproductive techniques, and donor