Is it possible to make perfect sperm?

November is male health awareness month. Dr Carole Gilling-Smith discusses male fertility; what makes good sperm, what causes bad sperm and what sperm tests are available? What lifestyle changes help make perfect sperm?

Watch the video below: Is it possible to make perfect sperm?

Male Fertility Assessment

How do you know if you’re producing enough sperm? What could you do to improve your sperm quality?

The Male Fertility MOT includes a semen analysis. This means you’ll need to provide a fresh sample of sperm, either at home or in the clinic. You need to avoid ejaculation for 3-5 days beforehand.

If you prefer to produce a sample at home, remember to ask us for a sample pot. You will then need to bring your sample to your appointment within 30-60 minutes of producing it.

We’ll send a copy of your result to your GP.

What is an Enhanced Male Fertility Assessment?

An enhanced male fertility assessment involves more detailed male fertility tests.

It includes some additional tests of sperm health and function. And it gives a far greater insight into your reproductive health.

It can be very helpful if previous or home sperm tests have been normal and your infertility remains ‘unexplained’. Or when these tests have been abnormal but you have not been given an explanation as to why.

Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is known to be higher in infertile men. Testing for Sperm DNA fragmentation measures the quality of sperm as a DNA package carrier, and it therefore is more significant than the parameters analysed in standard semen analyses.

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