Male Infertility – Could Low Sperm Motility Be the Problem?

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When it comes to the business of conception and pregnancy a whole new language is required. Fertility, Infertility, Sperm count, sperm morphology and sperm motility.

So what exactly is sperm motility and why is it so important? Sperm motility or sperm mobility – the terms are interchangeable, refers to the sperm's ability to move and it is very important as the sperm has to travel up the cervix in order to fertilize the egg.

There are two considerations made when measuring the motility – how well do the sperm move – their forward progression and how many of them are moving – the total motile count. A man may have a low sperm count but if the seeds that are present have good motility he is still able to fertilize the egg.

The energy required by the seed before it leaves the body is provided by burning fat. The energy that is needed by the sperm after they have left the body on their journey to the egg, is provided by fructose present in the seminal fluid. Mitochondria, in the mid section of the sperm, burn the sugar and fat to give the sperm the energy to make their way up the cervix. Two proteins, L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine facilitate the production of this energy by the mitochondria and are present in supplements specifically formulated for male fertility support.

Vitamin C and zinc are also said to play an important part in sperm mobility. Low levels of zinc in the seminal fluid are directly related to low sperm count, poor sperm mobility and low volume of seminal fluid produced.

A supplement specifically targeted for male reproductive health is therefore one of the easiest ways of improving the health, and number of sperm generated. There are of course a number of other things that you can do.