Couples trying to have children often ask themselves why it’s not working. One reason can be low sperm concentration due to age or hormonal disorders, or low sperm quality, due to deficient mobility or deformations. In Europe, there are indeed even thoughts that a decline in sperm concentration may be a general problem.
For most men, there is still enough sperm to conceive
The discussion about a general decline in sperm count goes back to the beginning of the 1990s. Although in many cases there are just natural physical grounds when men are not able to father a child, several studies have referred to the development of sperm decline and blame, for example, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and even tight fitting trousers. Other reasons named are estrogen in milk, radiation of mobile phones, pesticides or plasticizers. In spite of this, men should not be too alarmed. In fact there is still a great uncertainty about the causes of the drop in sperm concentration from 87 million sperm/ml in 1989 to 62 million/ml in 2002. And despite this, the average sperm count of European men is still much higher than the normal count of at least 20 million sperm/ml (according to World Health Organization, handbook number 4).
A male fertility self-test to find out sperm concentration
Nonetheless, there are cases when couples struggle with problems trying to have a baby. The period of not being able to conceive can be very tough. In these cases, it may be helpful to find out which partner is responsible for the unfulfilled wish for a child, thus enabling the couple to discuss this further with their doctor and find appropriate measures for a change to this frustrating situation. Men can do a self-testat home to detect their sperm concentration in the semen. It’s easy to perform and offers an immediate result within seven minutes.