Sperm count

Sperm count

One of the biggest determinants of male factor fertility, sperm count affects the ability to fertilize an embryo with semen as-is, as low count may mean sperm cannot make it to an egg. Some of the first tests a man will undergo as part of fertility treatment is a basic assessment of sperm count, motility (ability to move/”swim”) and morphology (shape). Often, IVF with ICSI or PICSI is a good solution for low count—since the embryo is fertilized within a lab and specific sperm are selected for fertilization, count/volume is less of an issue.

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sperm, sperm motility, semen

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