Low Sperm Count – How Do I Make Healthy Sperm to Conceive?

Low Sperm Count

So often asked: “I have low sperm count. How do I make healthy sperm to conceive a baby?” here on Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility.

While I can’t offer specific medical advice, I can share a few tips for improving sperm count…

Here’s one reader’s question:

“My sperm count is very low. When I did the sperm test, it was 11 million per ml and the motility was 45%. What do I do to increase my sperm count, and should I stop going to the gym? What food will increase my count?”

The first thing I always say is, “talk to your fertility doctor or urologist about how to improve your sperm count, because it depends on the reason you have low sperm!” My second tip below explains why it’s so important to talk to your doctor before trying different ways to make sperm healthy.

Knowing if you have low sperm count is important — and home fertility tests like SpermCheck Fertility can be very helpful.

Here are a few tips for male fertility…

Low Sperm Count and Making Healthy Sperm

Check your sperm count – take a sperm test

Many readers ask me how to improve fertility, and they’ve never taken a sperm test! Maybe they have healthy sperm; maybe it’s just not making it to the egg. Or, maybe their timing isn’t right because they haven’t tried an ovulation predictor kit. So, the first step to making healthy sperm is to take a sperm test.

Figure out why you have low sperm count

Some causes of low sperm or male infertility are genetic or inherited, and can’t be “fixed” through fertility supplements, surgery, or fertility foods. So, the second tip for improving fertility is to learn why your sperm count is low. You can’t fix what you don’t know! Learn as much as you can about your body.

Learn about the causes of male infertility

Unhealthy sperm may be caused by environmental toxins, healthy issues, prescription medication, smoking, excessive bicycling, laptops on laps, hot tubs, evolution, and other unknown factors. If you have a serious health condition or you work with hazardous materials, your sperm may be affected. Again, the more you know about your body and its reaction to the environment, the better position you’ll be in to conceive a baby.

Talk to a urologist and a fertility doctor

Don’t rely on infertility blogs or fertility websites for tips for improving sperm count and getting pregnant! There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, and things like fertility supplements can be harmful – even if they’re natural or organic. Always, always, always talk to your doctor before taking advice about making healthy sperm.

That said, however, there are many healthy ways to possibly improve sperm count without taking herbal supplements or possibly compromising your healthy. Eating foods for fertility, timing intercourse with ovulation predictor kits, quitting smoking, and losing weight are good tips for getting pregnant for both men and women.

One of the best tips for low sperm count

Brush and floss your teeth regularly

Untreated dental problems and poor dental hygiene may contribute to overall poor health. One research study found that men who received regular dental treatments and who took care of their teeth had improved sperm health, compared to men who didn’t take care of their teeth. Since bacteriospermia (bacteria in semen) has been linked to male infertility, it’s important to floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day.

For more tips on low sperm count, read 4 Ways to Make Sperm Healthy.

You may also be interested in What Causes Unexplained Infertility in Men? Damaged DNA in Sperm.

What do you think? I welcome your thoughts or questions about low sperm count below…just don’t ask me for medical advice!

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I'm a full-time freelance writer and blogger in Vancouver, BC. I created the "Quips and Tips" blog series; my degrees are in Education, Psychology, and Social Work. I welcome your comments below, but I don't give advice. I can offer you a prayer and a blessing, though! You'd be surprised how helpful a prayer can be....

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16 Responses

  1. muthu says:

    can i get baby or not?

    Colour : Greyish white
    volume : 2.5 ml
    Viscosity : normal
    Reaction : Alkaline
    Liquefication Time :30 Min
    Active -35%
    Non motile -55%

    Total Count : 45million/ml
    Morphology :
    normal sperms60%
    Abnormal sperms 40%
    Spermatogenic cells 0-2
    sperms agglutination Absent
    sperms in clump Absent
    others cells debris (+)

    Kindly give the answer, I will thank full to you.

  2. Laurie says:

    Hi Rahul,

    I’d consult a urologist, just to be on the safe side! Especially if you’ve been trying to get your partner pregnant for some amount of time.

  3. Rahul says:

    progressive motility :30%
    non progressive motility :20%
    non-motile / dead:50%
    RBC: NIL
    Pus cells:10-12 H.P.F.
    epithelial cell: present
    prostatic granules :present
    viscosity: Normal
    time of liqufication : 30 mins

    is my semen analysis fine or should I consult a urologist

  4. Laurie says:


    When you showed your semen analysis to your doctor, what did he or she say?

  5. Siva says:

    Dear Sir,

    i’m 29 old male mentioned below my semen analysis. please let me know whether it is normal or not? if abnormal how to increase the sperm..? i’m also smoker regular weekly twice drinks. please advice me for the diet.

    can i get baby or not?

    Colour : Greyish white
    volume : 3.0 ml
    Viscosity : Moderately Viscous
    Reaction : Alkaline 8.5
    Liquefication Time : completed with in 30 MTS
    Active -2%
    NP -8%
    NM -65%
    Total Count : 45.8 million/cc
    Morphology :Few sperms are having pinheads
    PUS cells :6-10PUS Cells HPF

    Please sir answer it as soon as possible. I will be so great full to you.

  6. Laurie says:

    If your sperm count is low or you’re having trouble conceiving a baby, you need to talk to a fertility doctor or specialist. Getting personal medical health advice over the internet can potentially damage your health – it’s important to seek medical advice in person!

  7. Abdul Qayyum Khan says:

    Dear Sir,
    Here is my semen test. please tell me is it normal or not?
    ph: 8.0
    volume: 2.0
    Total Count: 25 million/ml
    Active: 5%
    Sluggish 15%
    Non-Motile: 80%
    Pus-Cells: 30-35 /HPF

    Please sir answer it as soon as possible. I will bw so great full to you.

  8. Farrukh says:

    I am trying to conceive baby from last 3 years. But i still not get it. I go for sperms test for more than 10 times but sperms motility did not increase more than 45%. I take alot of medications but still no result. I am very disappointed. I want a baby. Can you let me know which doctor is best for treatment of fertility and is their any medication to improve motility ? Please help me….!

  9. Dear Ollie,

    The good news is that you’re seeing a urologist! He – or a fertility doctor – can tell you why your sperm is abnormal. Once you know why they’re abnormal (eg, swimming in circles, not fully formed, not healthy, etc), then you’ll be in a much better position to get your wife pregnant.

    Sometimes doctors can give sperm the boost they need, while other times it’s better to look outside your sperm for a solution. At this point, you can’t do much but wait!

    Your urologist will tell you to quit smoking; it has a direct effect on your health, including your fertility. He may also tell you to cut back or quit drinking altogether, depending on how much you imbibe.

    But take heart, my friend. Some fertility experts believe that sperm problems are easier solved than female fertility problems, because there are fewer intricate internal mechanisms in a guy’s body.

    Don’t give up your faith and hope of one day being a father…some roads are rockier than others, and if you try to stay as hopeful as possible, you’re halfway there! Many couples conceive despite having infertility problems.

    Let me know what the urologist says…I’ll be sending prayers and positive vibes your way…


  10. Ollie says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I have been trying to concieve with my wife for the last 2 years and have not had any success yet. Recently we both went for tests to see what the problem was. As it stands my wifes result is that she is not the problem. I have had 2 fertility tests which have come back with the result “abnormal”. I have received no more details than that at this stage. I am concerned. I am 38 and in the last chance saloon for having a child of my own and we are now getting desperate. I have been referred to a urologist which I am currently organising to understand in more detail what is going wrong.
    I wont lie, I have taking recreational drugs regularly up until about a year ago ( but no more since ) and regularly drink and smoke. I guess that this is part of my problem now. Can you shed any further light on my situation as I am feeling very dejected by the whole situation and would really appreciate some clarity on what is happening right now.

    Many Thanks and Kind Regards


  11. Dear Wally,

    Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you adopted children, and have a happy family even thought you didn’t conceive them naturally! That’s wonderful.


  12. Wally Robinson says:

    Some reasons for low sperm count can be cured, but others can’t. I have low sperm because of genetics. I have never made sperm, and never will. So I can’t make healthy sperm to conceive a baby. But my wife and I adopted three kids, and we love them as much as we’d love our own children. Maybe even more.

  13. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, CR! I’m glad you added teh tip about having diabetes, hormonal issues, and thyroid dysfunction ruled out — those can cause low sperm count, for sure.

  14. CR Hays says:

    I think this is a very informative article. Men need to remember that undiagnosed medical conditions can also affect semen quality and delivery of viable sperm upon ejaculation. Be sure to have diabetes, hormonal issues, and thyroid dysfunction ruled out.

  15. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hello prince,

    No, that can’t cause infertility — unless you’re harming yourself in some way.

    You need to talk to a doctor to find out if you have low sperm count, and how you can make your sperm healthy so you can conceive a baby. Maybe you don’t have low sperm count — the only way to find out is to take a sperm test at your doctor’s office or at home, and talk to your doctor about remedies that increase your sperm count.


  16. prince says:

    pls my low sperm may result as prolonged m****bation over 10 years but now i have quit the act. could this cause infertility and is there a remedy for me. pls help.

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