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Do's and Don'ts you need to choose to Increase Sperm Count for Improved Fertility

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 10 Aug 2018 - Written by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Sailaja Vuppu - MBBS

Most of the men who want to plan pregnancy with their partners think of solution on how to increase sperm count. Green leafy vegetables, fruits, multivitamin supplements help to improve sperm count in men. Regular exercise will cure obesity in men which is one of prime causes of infertility.

According to a study, more than 40% of infertility issues are found in men populace. Male infertility arises because of the low sperm count and also because of texture of Sperm cells.  It can easily be treated if you and your partner plan properly for how to increase sperm count.

Healthy Sperm Requirements

  • When you are tracking fertility, then you should make sure that your partner is in a fertile sperm production phase. For him a  single ejaculation during intercourse must have a minimum of 39 million sperm cells.
  • A sperm should be oval in shape with a long, straight tail. A large or small head with curled or double tail is a sign of infertile sperm.
  • For an egg to get fertilized, more than 40% of the sperm should be floundering and swimming on their own. So for a sperm to flow freely on its own the mobility needs to be high for atleast 50% of the sperm cells.

Normal Healthy Semen Analysis

As per the World Health Organization's 5th edition of "Normal Semen Analysis" values post a semen test should at least be:

  • Volume of 1.5 ml or more
  • pH value of greater than or equal to 7.2
  • Sperm concentration of more than 15,000,000/ml
  • Total motility of 40% or more
  • Progressive motility of 32% or more
  • Morphology of 4% or more normal forms
  • Vitality of 58% or more live
  • White blood cells of less than 1,000,000/ml

How to increase sperm count, Sperm count

Steps to Increase Sperm Count

1- First thing to know when it comes to how to improve sperm count is that you should include multi-vitamins supplements in your diet. You should increase antioxidants(dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds), omega-3 fatty acids(flax seeds) and Vitamin E and C rich foods like Orange, Lemon, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Berries and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. All these optimize the sperm count and improves fertility in men.

2- With a proper diet plan, it is equally important to do some physical activity to increase sperm count. Exercising helps in stimulating fertility as it increase the release of reproductive hormones. You can try jogging, try some crunches, or stretches to improve sperm count. On the other hand, vigorous or exhaustible exercises can have an adverse effect. You can take a trainer’s advice if you feel so.

3- Infertility issue can cause stress and anxiety. You should manage your stress if you want to answer- how to increase sperm count. Stress and anxiety can lower down the release of reproductive hormones in men. It can even mismanage sexual thrive. You can follow some stress busters techniques to relax yourself and feel good.

4- Insomnia is one of the reasons behind low sperm production. You should take atleast an 8-hour sleep. When you do not sleep properly, it disturbs the brain and body connections leading to infertility in form of low sperm count.

5- Overweight and obesity can drastically reduce sperm count. High level of fat deposits in your body can obstruct the growth of fertile sperm. You are more likely to produce abnormal sperm cells by being overweight or obesse.

6- A very important factor to increase your sperm count is to keep your scrotum ( a muscular sac where sperm is collected)cool. Wear comfortable and not so tight clothes to balance your scrotal temperature. If by any means your scrotal temperature is rising, stop doing that immediately. It can damage your fertile sperm and can lead to less healthy sperm cells.

How to increase sperm count, Increase sperm count

Stop Doing this Today

  • Stop using tobacco, marijuana, cocaine and opium as early as you can. Stop using alcohol, too. A regular intake of tobacco, cigarette or alcohols or even excessive cups of tea and coffee; can adversely affect DNA of your sperm cells and may produce infertile or abnormal sperm cells.
  • Avoid taking hot baths or steamy baths. A hot bath at your home or going for saunas and jacuzzi will increase your scrotal temperature which can lower down your sperm count. Even if you go for it, avoid spending more than 20 minutes over them.
  • If you are love to go for long bike ride then stop it today. Avoid heavy duty cycling or long hours of bike riding. If you cannot resist them then try find a soft and flat bike seat for yourself. Sticking to a hard and narrow seat can raise your scrotal temperature.
  • Certain medications should be avoided in order to know how to improve sperm count. Anabolic steroids and antibiotics used to treat chronic conditions like High Blood Pressure or Stomach infections should not be taken for long phases. Chemotherapeutic drugs should be avoided. It can readily lower down the sperm count. If you are going for cancer treatment, you should make sure to go for semen cryopreservation ( a technique to keep the sperm cool).
  • As per a study, men who are habitual to keep their mobile phones in the hip pockets or on the belt have 11% lesser sperm count  than those who are not in this habit. The radiation coming out from these gadgets can cause low sperm count and is one of the most common causes of infertility in men.
  • Do not use any lubricants while having an intercourse with your partner. Any chemical lubricant, lotions or saliva will decrease the free flow of sperm. This will have an adverse effect on sperm motility. You can use vegetable oil or any seed oil as a lubricative, if necessary.
  • To know about natural tips to increase sperm, please read our article on Increase Sperm Count. In case you have infertility problem then explore our article on Affects to Optimize Sperm.

It is important for you to know how to increase sperm count so that you and your partner can boost your fertility chances. Have a proper diet, do regular exercises and avoid all which can raise your scrotal temperature.

Recommended Reads

Vitamins and Minerals to Help Increase Sperm Count

How To Boost Male Fertility And Sperm Count Naturally

How to Increase Sperm Count - Causes and Treatments

15 Super Foods To Increase Sperm Count

10 Tips to Increase Male Fertility

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal

Written by

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician
Agra

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal is an obstetrician, gynecologist and infertility specialist who is providing her valuable expertise in the field of gynecology and infertility issues. She ensures that the patients receive the required fertility treatments well on time. Dr. Kavita specializes in the treatments like High Risk Pregnancy Care, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Reproductive Medicine. Currently, she is practicing at Amit Jaggi Memorial Hospital, Vibhav Nagar, Agra.

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Altaf Bhagwan

Are avocados good to have for increasing the sperm count in males?

Oct. 8, 2018, 1:43 p.m. 4.5

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Manjeet Khurana

I have azoospermia, do following these methods gonna help me? Or should I take PESA treatment for quick results?

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:58 p.m. 4.5

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Sanchit Sengupta

One could also have walnuts to increase the sperm count. To improve fertility avoid using any lubricants during intercourse.

July 19, 2018, 11:51 p.m. 5.0

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Niya Joshi

It was really informative, I would share this to my husband so we could bring in a change in our daily schedule.

March 31, 2018, 5:35 p.m. 5.0

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Vijendra Gill

This is completely what I was looking for, the semen analysis values where I could analysis my sperm quality on my own. Thanks for sharing.

Dec. 23, 2017, 4 p.m. 5.0

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Anamika Pandey

Use avocados, walnuts, berries and bananas to know how to increase sperm count. These are natural sperm-friendly products that boost sperm production.

Sept. 5, 2017, 11:17 a.m. 5.0

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Krys Nelson

Sperm count can be increased if you exercise regularly, this will remove all the toxins from the body and a healthy body obviously has a better sperm production.

Sept. 5, 2017, 9:50 a.m. 4.5

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