While tubal reversal has high pregnancy success rates, it does take two people to conceive a baby. This is why a semen analysis is often a good investment when trying to have children.
Why should my partner have a semen analysis?
Dr. Morice encourages all couples that are getting a tubal reversal to have a semen analysis conducted to help rule out any male infertility factors that may inhibit conception. Male infertility affects more than one third of couples thathave trouble conceiving.
What does a semen analysis measure?
A semen analysis measures both the amount of semen produced by a man and the number and quality of sperm in the sample. It also measures the mobility and shape of the sperm to determine if there are any abnormalities. Results are usually available within one day of testing.
Requiring only a sample and costing a marginal amount, a semen analysis is agood choice for those who want to make sure their chances of conceiving are at their highest.
FAQs about Sperm and Male Fertility
Why are there 20-100 million sperm in semen when only one is needed for conception?
When semen enters a woman, it is due for a trying journey up to the fallopian tubes. Most sperm don’t complete this. The ones that do are then faced with the challenge of fertilizing the egg, which is covered by thick mucus. This is nature’s way of ensuring that only the strongest sperm fertilize the egg.
How long do sperm live?
If located on a dry surface, sperm die by the time the semen has dried. In warm water, such as a bath or hot tub they can live longer.
Sperm can live up to 5 days inside a woman’s body. This is why having sex in the days surrounding ovulation is so crucial for conception.
What can you do to improve the health of your sperm?
The health of your sperm is increased by much of the same things that make your body healthier. Eating a balanced diet and getting exercise help you maintain a healthy weight, which leads to healthier sperm. Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal drugs make your sperm healthier, as well. It is also important to avoid exposure to toxins, such as pesticides and metals. Lastly, keeping your scrotum cool is important for healthy sperm production. Avoid using a laptop on your lap for long periods of time, as it can get really warm. Also avoid hot baths or hot tubs for extended periods of time. Wear breathable boxers and avoid restrictive pants.
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