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Sperm Health

April 6, 2022

We know that healthy sperm are vital for conception, but what constitutes healthy sperm? Here we break down what makes sperm healthy and what lifestyle changes can increase fertility.

Healthy sperm are vital for conception. In one third of infertility cases, a male factor is identified as the cause, with female factors and joint fertility issues making up the remaining percentage. 

Healthy sperm also play a key role during the pregnancy and in the health of the baby when it’s born.

So, if you and your partner are trying to conceive, now would be a good time to start looking at your lifestyle and seeing what you can do to increase your fertility. After all, new sperm are continually being created, so any positive changes made now, can actually make a big difference to your chances of conception, in just a matter of months. 


What constitutes healthy sperm?

Sperm health takes into account the quantity, movement and shape/structure of the sperm.

How can I improve the quality of my sperm?

Making positive changes to your lifestyle will increase your health, mental well-being and longevity, as well as helping with fertility. Here are some recommended ways to help increase your chances of conception:

It is important to talk to your GP or fertility specialist before making major changes to your diet or lifestyle. 


What if we still struggle to conceive?

A fertility specialist may be able to identify any causes of infertility with you and/or your partner and be able to recommend treatment for either or both of you. 

The good news is that many diagnosed male infertility problems, like retrograde ejaculation, varicoceles and blocked ducts, can be treated with drugs or surgery, enabling conception to take place through normal intercourse. 

If conception has failed to occur due to sperm quantity, quality or motility, then there are assisted reproductive techniques that can help. Even without ejaculation, sperm can be removed from the testicle, to make assisted reproduction possible. 

Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) include:

At the IVF Network, our aim is to provide support and information for couples starting out on their fertility journey. We do this through the information on our website, in our blogs and on our dedicated channel, where experts speak on all aspects of fertility.

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