Low spe,rm count (oligospermia) is a leading cause of infertility or sub-fertility issues among men. While it requires only one spe.rm to fertilise the ovum, the odds of conception are such that it takes millions of sperm per millilitre of semen to actually achieve the goal of fertilisation. A “normal” spe.rm count is about 20 million or more per millilitre of se.men. Over 60 per cent of the s.pe.rm in each sample should exhibit normal morphology and indicate typical motility – the forward-swimming movement. or low s.pe.rm count is indicated in simple tests that reveal the concentration of sp.er.m in a given sample quantity.
In general, scientists and fertility doctors are noticing a drop in spe.rm count and motility, which makes it harder for couples to make babies. Other factors attributed to this include the following: Drug use Anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the te,stic.les to shrink and sp.er.m production to decrease. Use of cocaine or marijuana might reduce the number and quality of your sper.m as well.
Overheating the te,stic.les: Elevated temperatures impair s.per.m production and function. Although studies are limited and are inconclusive, frequent use of saunas or hot tubs might temporarily impair sp.er.m count. Sitting for long periods, wearing tight clothing or working on a laptop computer for long stretches of time also might increase the temperature in your scr;otum and slightly reduce spe’rm production. Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels and cause decreased sp.er.m production.