Semen Analysis and FertilAid For Men2019-02-27T18:45:10+00:00

Semen Analysis and FertilAid For Men

Semen Analysis and FertilAid For Men

Fertility experts estimate that male factor infertility is to blame in up to 50% of couples experiencing fertility issues. As a result, many couples find it extremely helpful for the male partner to undergo a comprehensive semen analysis at the earliest sign of trying to conceive difficulties. Compared to many of the female fertility tests and exams, semen analysis is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive, and produces results quickly, making it a valuable tool for couples as they begin their TTC journey.

Most fertility clinics perform semen analyses. A semen analysis measures both the amount and quality of semen and the amount and quality of sperm. Semen is the fluid that a man ejaculates during an orgasm. The sperm within the semen are the cells that actually fertilize the egg. In preparation for a semen analysis, a man is required to abstain from any sexual activity for 2-4 days before the analysis. At the appointment, he is asked to masturbate into a clean, wide mouthed bottle. This bottle is then delivered to the laboratory for testing.

Almost all laboratories performing semen analyses will evaluate the following semen and sperm health parameters:

  • Sperm Concentration (or “sperm count”): Sperm count is determined by looking at the semen sample under a microscope, and is a measurement of how many million sperm there are in each milliliter of fluid. The accepted standard for a “normal” sperm count is 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. A sperm count below 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen is considered a “low” sperm count, a medical condition referred to as oligospermia. A sperm count less than 5 million sperm per milliliter of semen is referred to as severe oligospermia. When no sperm are present in a given semen sample, this is called azoospermia.
  • Sperm Motility: Sperm motility is defined as the forward, swimming motion of sperm. In order for a sperm to fertilize the egg, it must travel quickly through the female reproductive system, which requires strong swimming action. The World Health Organization defines normal sperm motility as 50% of observed sperm, or at least 8 million sperm per milliliter of semen, showing good forward movement. Motility is also graded from A to D;
    • A – sperm swim forward fast in a straight line
    • B – sperm swim forward, but in a curved or crooked line, or slowly
    • C – sperm move their tails, but do not move forward
    • D – sperm do not move at all
    • Grade C and D are of concern when testing for fertility.
  • Sperm Morphology: Sperm morphology refers to the size and shape of the sperm cells. Abnormal sperm may be unable to move normally or to penetrate an egg. As a result, too many sperm of abnormal size and shape can pose a significant fertility issue. Most laboratories will evaluate the sperm based on criteria provided by the World Health Organization. To determine if the sperm have normal morphology, the sperm are examined under a microscope. For a sample to be considered normal, at least 30% of the sperm must have an oval head, with a connecting mid-piece and a long straight tail.Some laboratories use a more “strict” definition to determine if sperm are of normal size and shape. These “strict” criteria, also called the “Kruger” criteria after the scientist who originally outlined them, very specifically define what normal sperm cells should look like. According to the Kruger criteria, a normal sperm must have an oval shape with a smooth contour. The head of the sperm must be 5-6 µm in length and 2.5-3.5 µm in width, with a width/length ratio of 1/2 to 3/5. The acrosome (a cap-like structure on the head of the sperm) must be well-defined, comprising 40-70% of the distal part of the head. To be considered normal, the sperm must not have any abnormalities of the neck, mid-piece or tail and no cytoplasmic droplets of more than half of the size of the sperm head are accepted. In using these criteria, technicians will consider any “borderline” forms to be abnormal. If 14% or more of the sperm in a given sample meet the definition of normal using these strict criteria, a man will be said to have normal morphology.
  • Semen Volume: Semen volume measures the total quantity of fluid that is ejaculated. A normal amount is 2 milliliters or greater. The presence of hormonal abnormalities or ductal blockages may result in low semen volume.
  • Total Motile Count: The total motile count refers to the number of moving sperm in the entire ejaculate. It is calculated by multiplying the volume (cc) by the concentration (million sperm/cc) by the motility (% moving). There should be more than 40 million motile sperm in the ejaculate.
  • Standard Semen Fluid Tests: An evaluation of the color and viscosity (how thick the semen is) of the seminal fluid, and the time until the semen sample liquefies are often included in a comprehensive semen analysis.It is normal for the semen to liquefy in about 30 minutes. If the semen is very thick or clumps (call agglutination), motility will be impacted, making it difficult for the sperm to swim through the woman’s reproductive tract. If the sample does not liquefy within about 30 minutes, it may indicate the presence of an infection of the seminal vesicles and/or prostate.
  • Semen pH: Typically, semen is a very alkaline substance, with a normal pH of 7.2-8.0. An abnormally high or low semen pH can cause sperm death, and impact the ability of the sperm to swim quickly and or effectively penetrate the egg.
  • Presence of fructose: Fructose is a type of sugar that provides energy for sperm cells. The absence of fructose in seminal fluid can impair sperm motility, and may indicate the presence of a blockage in the male reproductive tract.
  • White blood cells: While it is normal for semen to contain some white blood cells, a large number of white blood cells in a semen sample may indicate the presence of an infection, which can decrease sperm count and motility.

A term that comes up frequently in association with semen analysis is “sperm washing”. Sperm washing is a procedure that is performed on a semen sample to improve the chance of successful intrauterine insemination (IUI). In essence, sperm washing concentrates the number of high quality sperm in a semen sample by removing any dead sperm, sperm with poor motility, and/or sperm with abnormal morphology. It also separates out any white blood cells, prostaglandins (chemicals found in semen that can cause uterine contractions), and seminal fluid that might interfere with ability of the sperm to fertilize the egg. Once a semen sample is “washed” to isolate only the healthiest sperm, the sample can be inserted into the uterus.

Sperm washing increases the chance that intrauterine insemination will be successful. However, it is important to remember that IUI success rates also depend on the pre-wash sperm count. Sperm counts between 20 and 30 million/ml of semen are ideal for sperm washing and subsequent IUI, while success rates are lower if the prewash sperm count is less than 10 million/ml of semen.

If the results of a semen analysis show any abnormal sperm health parameters, treatment to improve sperm health should be started immediately and continued for a minimum of 3 months before another semen analysis is performed, as it takes the testes approximately 3 months to produce new sperm.

Feedback From Men Who Had a Semen Analysis and Saw Good Results with FertilAid

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Aug 26, 2019
Aug2019

Great product

Categories: Fertilaid for Men Reviews, Fertilaid for Men Success Stories, Semen Analysis, TTC For Extended Period of Time|

Worked like a charm. We had been trying to convince for over 2 years without any luck. Had my SA done and report came just fine. Still decided to try this product as I wanted make sure my semen is strong enough to be able to hit the bulls eye. Took these pills for a month and my wife conceived in the next month. We are now 5 months pregnant. We are so happy. I recommend this product to anyone who’s struggling to conceive even if the SA comes alright.

*By Abhishek Goyal

5 stars
Aug 23, 2019
Aug2019

Perseverance

Categories: Fertilaid for Men Reviews, Fertilaid for Men Success Stories, IVF or other Intervention, Low Sperm Count, Low Sperm Motility, Semen Analysis, TTC For Extended Period of Time|

I had low sperm count and tried unsuccessful to get wife pregnant for 2 years. Went to fertility clinic but didn’t get any feed back on what I could do to improve my sperm. I began taking supplements from fertilaid late November of 2018, I stuck to the regime. For about 6 months until we got a positive home pregnancy test. Did was also with the help of IUI. My numbers improved from 1.1 moving sperm to 26 million at the time of IUI. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.

*By Happy Dad

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May 8, 2019
May2019

Worked so well I’m expecting twins.

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After years frustration I decided to take a chance on this product. I’m a 49 year old male who’s very athletic and needless to say, my motility was no way near what was necessary to have children. I bought two bottles and took one religiously. The second on I almost gave up on because I guess I thought the same negative result was always coming up. I took the second bottle sparingly and never finished it. The reason for that is, twins are on the way. No need for more pills. I’m excited and extremely blessed with my lovelies due in October. Great product! It really works!

*By Allan Baptiste

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Apr 16, 2019
Apr2019

it really works!

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My husband I have been trying to conceive for over a year, and although we never went to a fertility clinic for testing, we had a sneaking suspicion my husband might potentially have low sperm count due to his antidepressant he’s been taking for a few years. So, I decided to buy this for him and he took it diligently for a month, and for the first time I got a positive pregnancy test! My husband taking Fertilaid was the only thing we did differently this month, we are so grateful for this product

*By Nadirah

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Mar 21, 2019
Mar2019

Extremely Effective!

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My husbands numbers tested low across the board. I saw “fertile aid for men” referenced on a TTC blog and we gave it a shot. After 3 months of taking it, his numbers had improved by at least 50% in every category. The month after we got the test results back, we were pregnant! I recommend it to everyone TTC now, even if there’s no male issue because i love that its basically a natural vitamin boost without the negative effects of a “medication.” Hoping for luck again soon using it for number two! 🙂

*By Jennifer

5 stars
Mar 19, 2019
Mar2019

We had great results

Categories: Fertilaid for Men Reviews, Fertilaid for Men Success Stories, Low Sperm Count, Low Sperm Motility, Semen Analysis, TTC For Extended Period of Time|

We began fertility doctoring in September after a year of TTC. I had been on fertilaid for woman for three month at that time…the doctor ordered a semen analysis for my husband right away and we were shocked with the results. Only six mil. When the count should have been at least 15mil. Sperm mobility was low and immaturity rate was high. I immediately purchased fertilaid for men and he began taking it right away! He got slightly sick on it occasionally but it helped to eat a big meal before taking the pills. Anyways four months later we requested another analysis. The count had jumped to 25 mil. well within the normal range. Although the mobility was still low, the number of immature sperm had dropped also! Long story short, I just got a positive pregnancy test yesterday! After five months on Fertilaid for men and 1 1/2 years of TTC! Fertilaid works! And we even have lab numbers to show for it! Blessing to all the other TTC couples out there!

*By AM

5 stars
Dec 20, 2018
Dec2018

Unbelievable

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My wife and I were trying for almost 1.5 years with no luck so I went and got tested with very negative results. My doctor told me not to panic and there are ways to skyrocket your fertility numbers. I did everything it took. Zinc, Vitamin C no alcohol whatsoever and he told me about FertilAid. I looked it up and though it might just be a gimmick but it had really good reviews so I bought a bottle. My doctor said it would take maybe 3 months to get my numbers where I needed them but within a month and half my wife woke me up with a positive pregnancy test. That was in August. Now we are going to welcome a healthy baby girl in March. I could not even believe this happened to me but if you change your diet, habits, lifestyle etc, your fertility numbers will skyrocket and I know for sure that FertilAid was a major role player if not thee reason we managed to get pregnant so quickly after trying for so long. Definitely buy this a take it as directed.

*By JHRUBZ

5 stars
Nov 12, 2018
Nov2018

Got one past the goalie!!!

Categories: After 35, Fertilaid for Men Reviews, Fertilaid for Men Success Stories, Low Sperm Count, Low Sperm Motility, TTC For Extended Period of Time, Vasectomy Reversal|

So….my story is one of patience & perseverance. My name is Dave & I’m 51 years old. I had a vasectomy reversal done in August 2016. I tried taking different vitamins and teas…etc…with no positive results. I finally bought a 3 month supply of FertilAid for men and was pretty faithful in taking the 3 pills a day. I think there was maybe two days I took 2 pills. Anyway I was probably about a third of the way into the third bottle when my wife told me she had two positive readings on the home tests. This was on Nov 6, 2018. She had her doctor visit today Nov 12, 2018 and her scheduled due date is July 12, 2019!!!! So I wrote all this to bring hope and encouragement to those of you in a similar situation. Don’t give up!!!

*By Dave

5 stars
Nov 11, 2018
Nov2018

So far so good

Categories: Fertilaid for Men Reviews, Fertilaid for Men Success Stories, Low Sperm Count, Low Sperm Motility, Semen Analysis, TTC For Extended Period of Time|

My husband was diagnosed with very low sperm count (5 million) at the beginning of September 2018. Apparently the count was so low that the lab couldn’t determine morphology or motility. I got my hubby on these. After taking them for maybe 3 weeks I had a positive pregnancy test, but unfortunately I believe it was a chemical as AF came shortly thereafter. As of today my husband is nearing the end of his second bottle, with supply for month 3 on route. No success last month, but the second SA in early October showed a motility of 13%, which, as far as we know, went up from 0…but the count didn’t change. I REALLY hope these help in the coming months. Fingers crossed. We are praying. Hubby has never complained about any stomach upset, and he has no issue taking the product. I would recommend, but I have no positive result to share at this time. We’ve been trying for over a year now.

*By Cindy D

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