May 25, 2018

Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Low Sperm Count is a Marker of Men’s General Health

Investigators from the University of Padova in Italy reported at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting March 2018 that low sperm count is a marker of men’s general health. Men (n=5177) from infertile couples with a low sperm count had a 12-fold increase of having low testosterone. They also had higher body mass index, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL), lower high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL), and a higher prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome. Men with low testosterone were also found to have lower bone mineral density with 51% having osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Sperm are essential for reproduction. Normal sperm parameters (count, motility and morphology) are important for fertilization to occur following intercourse. If you have more questions on male infertility and would like to set up an initial consultation with one of our physicians, please contact us. Initial consultations are FREE for those without infertility insurance coverage. We are here to help you overcome infertility and build your family.

For more information on male infertility and sperm including the new structure discovered in human sperm tails to how over-the-counter pain killers adversely affect sperm, please see these other blogs:

New Structure Discovered In Human Sperm Tails

Over-The-Counter Pain Killers Adversely Affect Sperm

Exercise Improves Sperm Number and Quality

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility