Low sperm count medically known as Oligospermia is a condition in which the sperm contained in the semen(fluid ejaculated by men after sexual intercourse) is lower than usual.
Here are 5 ways to manage low sperm count:
1. Hormone replacement therapy: certain man-made hormones can be administered to replace natural hormones necessary for sperm production that are lacking in the body.
2. Treatment of issues affecting sexual intercourse: Issues that interfere with sexual intercourse such as erectile dysfunction when treated with drugs and counseling can help to improve issues with low sperm count.
3. Surgery: In certain cases of low sperm count depending on the cause, surgery can be used as a form of treatment. An example of such cases is surgical repair of blockage of the tubes that pass from the testes to the urethra.
4. Treating sexually transmitted infections: Treating sexually transmitted infections that affect the production of sperm could lead to improvement of sperm count, however this is not the case every time.
5. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART):
ART methods that involve harvesting healthy sperm and using it to fertilise the eggs and implanting the fertilised egg into the womb afterwards can be adopted. Some of these methods include IVF(In vitro fertilization) or ICSI(Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection).
Men that have low sperm count can improve their chances of impregnating their partner by having regular sexual intercourse, reducing their alcohol and cigarette consumption and staying in shape.