Low sperm count: Your treatment options

22nd August 2013 in Advice

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Did you know that up to a fifth of men have a low sperm count? This means that you don’t have as much sperm in your sample as usual, and it can make conceiving a child naturally difficult.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a low sperm count, we can help you have a family using your own sperm. Typically, we would recommend a treatment called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, or ICSI.

ICSI is a modification of IVF treatment, designed to help overcome male infertility problems, and at first treatment is very similar to that of IVF. The first step is ovarian stimulation using fertility drugs, which are self-injected at home.

Once the eggs are mature, they are collected under sedation at our clinic in a short procedure. On the same day as egg recovery, a sperm sample is carefully analysed in our laboratory but instead of mixing it with an egg, with ICSI we select a single, healthy sperm from the sample and inject it directly into the egg to fertilise it.

Success rates from ICSI depend upon many factors, including egg quality, age and the number of eggs collected. At Manchester Fertility we have consistent success rates using ICSI to help people have a baby. Our latest results show that almost 40 per cent of women aged 35 and under who underwent IVF/ICSI with us using their own eggs achieved pregnancy, with almost a fifth (22%) of women aged 40-42 becoming pregnant.

If the cause of your low sperm count is due to a genetic problem or condition, then you may be advised to opt for treatment using donor sperm. This is where the egg is fertilised using sperm from a donor. At Manchester Fertility all of our donors are registered with the HFEA, fully identifiable to children born in future, from the UK and fully screened. You will always be given a choice of donors based on your preferences.

For more information about how we can help you have a baby if you have low sperm count, please contact our friendly team on 0161 300 2737 or click hereto make an appointment with one of our consultants.

Last updated: 20th January 2020