Did you know, one out of every four couples in the world suffer from infertility issues? And according to scientific studies, it has been seen that one-third out of these affected couples, the infertility issues stem within the males. And with that, we bring to you one such problem that has been the most common problem of all and that is low sperm count.
If you are also someone who is looking for the answers to all the above questions, then continue reading the article to solve all your queries
What do we mean by low sperm volume?
Oligospermia is the medical term used to describe the condition of low sperm count or low sperm volume. According to medical sciences, the normal sperm count range varies from 15million sperm per millilitre of semen to more than 200million sperm per millilitre of semen. Anyone having the sperm count less than 15million sperm/ml of semen is considered to have a low sperm count and is suffering from the condition of oligospermia.
Sperm count is very important for the couple who is trying to conceive and as well as for the affected person as it may indicate some underlying chronic condition. Your sperm count can easily be determined through a semen analysis and it can be done at both home or clinics.
For people suffering oligospermia, the following symptoms are quite common:
- Suffering from low sex drive
- Difficulty in maintaining an erection
- Observing signs of chromosome and hormone abnormality like for example, decreased facial and body hair.
The causes of oligospermia can be due to a variety of reasons. It can be due to the lifestyle pattern that the affected person follows or it can be due to an underlying chronic condition. However, some of the most common causes are:
- Varicocele or swelling of veins of the testicles is the most common problem that can lead to oligospermia. However, fortunately, it is curable.
- Inflammation of testicles and epididymis can interfere with the sperm production and that can lead to low sperm count.
- Ejaculatory problems like retrograde ejaculation can also hamper with the production of sperm when ejaculated.
- Tobacco smoking and drug and alcohol abuse can interrupt the working of hormones that are involved in sperm production therefore producing low sperm count in the process.
Apart from the above-mentioned causes, stress, high weight, testicles being overheated, exposure to harmful radiations and chemicals and conditions like where antibodies present in the body affect the sperm produced can also lead to oligospermia
How to increase sperm volume?
Now, coming to the main part of the article. Hopefully, you have got the basic idea on oligospermia. As we can already see that most causes for a low sperm count can be easily treated therefore let us now go through some suggestions and tips that can effectively help you to increase your sperm volume.
Some of the most effective tips to increase sperm volume are:
1.Change your pertaining lifestyle
The lifestyle followed by the affected male forms the most common cause for the condition of oligospermia.
Studies have shown that people leading a stressful life and following a messy sleep schedule hampers the hormones which are involved with sperm production. Prolonged stress levels increase the cortisol levels in the body which hampers testosterone levels in the body and can impair the fertility in the process.
Try to relax the body after a stressful day. You can use essential oils to do so or any other means of relaxation and try to sleep at least eight hours a day for an improvement in your sperm levels.
We have already discussed how drugs and alcohol abuse and tobacco smoking has a profound effect on the sperm count of the male. According to a study conducted in 2018 by a leading medical institute, it stated in their journal that smoking reduced sperm count, therefore, abstain from your smoking habit if you want to increase your sperm volume. And the same goes for alcohol consumption. Limit your alcohol consumption to see the magic it provides on your sperm levels.
2.Check your diet
We all know that diet plays a very important role in our physical and mental well-being. And similarly including certain ingredients in your daily diet can help you to increase your sperm volume effectively.
One of the most effective ingredients that can help you to increase sperm volume is fenugreek. Fenugreek has been used as a natural remedy to treat poor sperm health since ages. Daily consumption of fenugreek can improve sperm health and sperm count.
We all know how vitamins and minerals form the building blocks of our health. Most of the times sperm count can get decreased in semen if the body starts producing antibodies against the sperm produced. Increasing Vitamin C in your diet can help you to combat against the antibodies. Taking Vitamin C is also as effective. It will increase the sperm volume and as well as reduce the number of deformed sperms.
On the other hands, consuming foods rich in zinc and increasing vitamin D and calcium levels in the body can help you to overcome the condition of low sperm count. It has also been found through studies that consuming D-aspartic supplements can effectively help you to increase the sperm volume however make sure to consult with your doctor before doing so. Also, a quick tip, reduce the soy and foods rich in estrogen and trans fatty acids. Instead, increase the consumption of foods rich in polyunsaturated fats and antioxidant-rich foods.
We do know that exercising regularly can help you to lead a healthy life. But did you know that exercising can also help you in increasing your sperm volume?
According to studies, it has been found that men who exercise have higher levels of testosterone and better sperm quality and volume. However, with that being said, doctors recommend that you should have adequate levels of zinc in your diet as it has been seen that excessive exercise has quite a negative effect on the testosterone levels. Zinc helps in reducing the levels of risk.
The most effective exercises that can help you to increase sperm volume are:
- Running- 30-45 minutes of moderate running per day
- Treadmill running- 30 minutes of moderate running 3 days per week.
- Various yoga exercises like Bhujang asana, dhanur asana, kumbhakasana and many more.
Now there you go, everything you need to know about the various ways to increase sperm volume. Apart from the above mentioned, you can also use ayurvedic herbs like tribulus terristis, ashwagandha and maca root to get your desired results. And also remember, if none of the above tips seems to work for you, various surgeries can also help you to increase your sperm volume.
With a fast-paced lifestyle and due to other factors, oligospermia is a common occurrence and there is nothing to be ashamed of. With the increase in medical sciences, oligospermia can be easily treated and your doctor can provide you with the correct medications and treatments that can effectively cure the condition.