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How to Increase Sperm Motility and Why it is Important for Fertility

How to Increase Sperm MotilityAs sperm have to swim forward in order to reach an oocyte, it is important that at least some of them are able to move. Sperm motility is one of the three components of a spermogramm (the other two being concentration and morphology). It is usually counted as a percentage of spermatozoa that are determined (under a microscope) to be progressively advancing forward at no less than 25 µm/s. According to most sources, motility over 40-45% is regarded as normal, as long as the other sperm test parameters are within normal limits.

What Causes Reduced Sperm Motility?

Unfortunately, in some cases, a semen analysis will reveal a below normal percentage. There are various reasons why this can happen. It can be genetic, the result of a medical condition (such as varicocele or a hormonal imbalance) or trauma to the pelvic area, or be lifestyle-related.

How to Increase Sperm Motility?

The good news is that, at least for the last group, it might be relatively easy to improve sperm motility by simply changing your lifestyle: quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, losing weight and exercising regularly, limiting exposure to mobiles, and so on. Certain supplements have also been shown to have a positive effect.

When caused by other reasons, however, treatment is usually more complicated, and you may even require the use of assisted reproductive technologies.

IVF and Low Sperm Motility

IUI and IVF and ICSI have been used in cases of abnormal sperm motility. While some success was achieved with IUI for patients with over 30% motile sperm, pregnancy is almost unachievable without IVF with ICSI at lower percentages. Reported ICSI success rates are very high, regardless of the motility test results. That is because only 1 motile spermatozoa is required per egg with this procedure.

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Our partner clinics

Compass Fertility, based in Canberra, Australia, is lead by Dr. Nicci Sides and offers a boutique style of care, tailoring to the individual FERTILITY needs rather than standard protocols, something that is not offered elsewhere.

Fertility First is based in Hurstville, half an hour’s drive from Sydney CBD. Lead by Dr. Anne Clark, the first specialist in Australia to receive CREI qualification, Anne and the team provide a holistic approach to treatment, with continuity of care throughout your journey.

No1 Fertility is located in Melbourne, Victoria, and is lead by Dr. Lynn Burmeister. The clinic’s focus is to provide the best patient care and fertility treatment at an affordable cost. The clinics have the best and latest technology with state-of-the-art equipment and world-leading scientists.

Repromed Clinic is one of the country’s leading fertility clinics, delivering excellence in their standard of care, innovation, and pregnancy success rates. It is the only IVF clinic in South Australia to offer a complete range of care tailored to your needs, support, and fertility treatment options, onsite at their Dulwich purpose-built facilities.

Coastal IVF is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Queensland in Maroochydore. Lead by Dr. Paul Stokes, Coastal IVF’s friendly team provides a wide range of fertility treatments, pregnancy, and general gynaecological services, creating the best experience by offering individualised care tailored to your needs and diagnoses.

The Sydney CBD clinic is Monash IVF’s flagship clinic. With a premium day hospital on site, Monash IVF provide a holistic patient experience where everything is conveniently located under the one roof. The Monash IVF team comprises of a multi-disciplinary team of leaders in reproductive health, including fertility specialists, gynaecologists, fertility nurses, embryologists, counsellors and patient coordinators.

Located within Westfield Shopping Centre, Monash IVF Bondi Junction offers a full service clinic for those living or working in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Our full service clinic provides numerous options and services to women and couples. Monash IVF Bondi Junction comprises a multi-disciplinary team of Fertility Specialists, Fertility Nurses, Scientists, Counsellors and Patient Coordinators, meaning everything is right on your door step.

Located in western Sydney, Monash IVF Parramatta offers a full service clinic for those living or working in the western suburbs of Sydney.Our full service clinic provides numerous options and services to women and couples. Monash IVF Parramatta comprises a multi-disciplinary team of Fertility Specialists, Fertility Nurses, Scientists, Counsellors and Patient Coordinators, meaning everything is right on your door step.

Our clinic in Penrith is a full service clinic offering Fertility expertise to anyone in and around Greater Western Sydney, including: Springwood, Glenbrook, Mount Druitt, Erskine Park or Luddenham. Monash IVF Penrith comprises a multi-disciplinary team of Fertility Specialists, Fertility Nurses, Scientists, Counsellors and Patient Coordinators, meaning everything is right on your doorstep.

Monash IVF Albury offers a consulting location to anyone located in or around Southern New South Wales or Northern Victoria. Monash IVF Albury provides a convenient location to those living or working around Glenroy, East Albury, South Albury and North Albury.

At Monash – Brisbane, our diverse team of experts brings together unparalleled fertility care within your reach. United under one roof, our Fertility Specialists and Patient Coordinators are devoted to providing personalized guidance on your journey towards parenthood.

Our Monash IVF Rockhampton clinic has been a beacon of hope for the Central Queensland community since 2003, catering to those in Port Curtis, Fairy Bower, Gracemere, Alton Downs, and Norman Gardens.

Established in 1998, Monash IVF Gold Coast has been the beacon of hope for single women, couples, families, and LGBTQI couples, eliminating extensive travel to metropolitan Brisbane.