One Shocking Fact You Must Know About Low Sperm Count
A Urologist has revealed one shocking fact about male fertility and low sperm counts.
Dr Gabriel Ogah, a consultant Urologist and Urology Centre in Fugar, Edo State discussed this with PUNCH.
He said that low sperm count is not really a cause of male infertility. According to him, a man with a low sperm count can still impregnate a woman.
What is a low sperm count?
Medical News Today, an online health portal defines low sperm count as the ejaculation of less than 15 million per millilitre per ejaculation.
Dr Ogah said that men with an average sperm count of 4 million can still impregnate a lady.
Although, the health expert debunked the claim that there is no normal sperm count.
Contrary to his opinion, the World Health Organisation in a report on MNT debunked his claim.
The WHO defines a healthy sperm count to be from 15 million per millilitre, per ejaculation.
Another health portal backed this claim of the WHO.
Mayo Clinic specifies a normal sperm as one that ranges from 15 million to 200 million per ejaculation.
“You are considered to have a low sperm count if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre or less than 39 million sperm total per ejaculate.
“Some men with low sperm counts successfully father children. Likewise, some men with normal sperm counts are unable to father children.
“Even if you have enough sperm, other factors are important to achieve a pregnancy, including normal sperm movement.”
Normal sperm count fallacy
Dr Ogah in a chat with PUNCH HealthWise said there is nothing like a normal sperm count.
He held his opinion from research he participated in that found 4 million sperms healthy.
The doctor said the research was held 35 years ago at Ahmadu Bello University.
According to the Urologist, men with 4 million counts impregnated their wives naturally.
“There’s no such thing as normal sperm count because we did research about 35 years ago, where we examined male lecturers in Ahmadu Bello University.
“We found that the lecturers’ sperm count was at an average of three million to four million and they impregnated their wives normally.
“Nobody knows what a normal sperm count is. Just that on the average, you say a normal sperm count is from three million and above, but we know men who have three million and they are impregnating their wives.”
When is it infertile?
Dr Ogah explained that the male production of sperm does not make him fertile. However, the production of potent sperm makes a man fertile.
Some factors that affect sperms are:
Antibodies that attack sperm.
Wellness health had reported that sexual lubricants hinder the motility of sperms. This could also lead to infertility.
Source: PUNCH Health Wise