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similarities between tight underwear, alcohol and hot tubs?
Answer: they all have a negative effective on sperm counts and sperm
potency. Drinking, Smoking, lack of exercise, taking
drugs, stress, poor nutrition, and of course tight under
wears have been proved to decline the quality of sperm.
Among the factors that may affect the sperm quality could be summarized in 6
main points. They include sperm mobility, concentration,
morphology, speed, count and last but not the least sub
fertility. A weakness in any of these areas can affect the
chances of conception.
Mobility:Sperm mobility describes the sperm's ability to move in a rather
dynamic and active fashion. In a healthy sperm, more than 50% of
them can be accounted as active with over 25% of them moving
vehemently in one direction. Its importance can be understood by
the fact that it enables the sperm to travel through the
cervical canal, into the uterus and the fallopian tubes and,
finally, to penetrate the egg.
Concentration:Concentration is the measure of the number of sperm cells in a
ml. of semen. Normal concentration is around 22 million sperm
cells per ml. of semen.
Morphology:A healthy sperm cell resembles a tadpole in its shape. The
sperm's oval head contains the genetic material; the center
provides energy and the tail thrusts the sperm forward.
Furthermore, experts believe that abnormally shaped sperm cannot
fertilize an egg.
Speed: According to the WHO in a healthy male, greater than 25% of sperm
will exhibit progressive mobility. It is thought that these are
the sperm with the best chance of successfully fertilizing an
Count:It refers to the number of sperms in the fluid that is ejaculated.
There are a good over 50 million sperms in a normal ejaculate. A
total count below 40 million may indicate decreased fertility.
Sub fertility: The term, sub fertility, refers to the couples who are unable
to achieve conception even after a year’s period of unprotected
intercourse It is different from infertility.
Typical causes of male sub fertility
• Sperm production problems
• Blockages in the sperm's delivery system
• Injuries to the testicles
• Low or high hormone production
• Anatomical problems
• Varicocele (varicose veins around the testicle)
• Past illnesses/ infections/ various diseases
• Certain medications
• Sperm quality
Male factors accumulate for over 40 percent for sub fertility.
Female-related factors account for another 40 percent and a
combination of male- and female-related factors account for
about 20 percent.
1 out of every dozen couples has sub fertility.
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