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Fertility & Sperm Count

All You Need to Know Sperm Count for Testing Male Fertility:

Did you know that In about forty percent of infertile couples, the cause of infertility is due to a factor involving the male partner? Ten percent factors in both the man and woman contribute to infertility.

Male infertility may be caused by a number of factors, including problems associated with sperm production, sperm transport, and sperm motility as well as anatomical problems, blockage of the vas deferens (the tube that brings the sperm from the testicle to the urethra), and infection.

Problems with sperm production result in a reduced sperm count. A reduced sperm count may be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, medications, drug use, alcohol use, excessive caffeine, cigarette smoking and testicular injury. These same factors might also cause a lowered motility. Motility is determined by the percentage of sperm that are moving or swimming.

Many infertile men are obsessed about their sperm count, which results as the main concern in their lives. Fertility is the most important thing on their minds. Remember that the real question the man with a fertility problem is asking is not: What is my sperm count or motility or whatever? Rather, "Are my sperm capable of working or not? Can I have a baby with my sperm?" Since the function of the sperm is to fertilize the egg, the only direct way of answering this question is by actually testing for fertilization. You can increase sperm count fairly easily with simple supplements to increase ejaculate volume.

No one really knows what a normal sperm count really is. Since you only need one "good" sperm to fertilize an egg, there isn't a simple answer to question. While the lower limit of normal is considered to be 10 million progressively motile sperm per ml, remember that this is a statistical average. For example, most doctors have had the experience of a man with a very low sperm count (as little as 2-5 million per ml) fathering a pregnancy on his own, with no treatment. In fact, when a sperm count is done for men who are undergoing a vasectomy for family planning, these men of proven fertility have a sperm count varying anywhere from 2 million to 300 million per ml. This obviously means that there is a significant variation in "fertile" sperm counts, and therefore coming to conclusions is very difficult for the doctor let alone the patient.

Men usually don't know that they have a problem until they are trying to father a child. So most men who don't want to be a father, don't find out that they have a fertility issue and are unaware of it. That's where Sperm fertility tests come into play. They are fast, screening tests designed to assist the physician in the identification of males with potential fertility problems. These sperm tests allow you to test your fertility potential conveniently and reliably in the privacy of your home so fertility problems can be identified and treated appropriately.

Should I Store My Baby's Cord Blood?

I know, it is way too soon to start making arrangements about cord blood banking when the baby is due 7 months from now. Yet, I am pretty sure that the more I get to find out about the subject, the easier it would be for me and my husband to make the right decision for the future of the entire family. Yes, you read that right. In the remote case you havent heard it by now, cord blood banking has grown so popular over the last decades, that it is more unusual nowadays not to pursue it.

I heard a couple of stories from other couples who did the same when their time came. Most of them are very satisfied and at ease with what they chose to do for their babys future health. The only couple I know that was not so happy about it was having some money issues when I last saw them, as the husband was in between jobs, so being able to pay the installments was their only concern. Nothing else related to medical issues.

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The procedure, I hear, is quite simple, quick and painless. They only need to move fast enough, to make sure the cord blood sample they get is adequate for storage. So, they need to take some precautions during handling, but Im positive they know perfectly well what they are doing, as they are caring, experienced professionals very passionate about their jobs. Nobody can argue this. The only thing I have to remember is to check out courier service providers, Toronto hosting quite a few, so as to make sure I pick up the fastest, most reliable one out there.

Even though no close relatives of mine had any serious illness that could make me worry about the future of my little one, this does not mean I could not store my babys cord blood for somebody else, quite the contrary. The stem cells from healthy blood can be used by any compatible patient, anywhere in the world.

There are so many people suffering in the world, so many children desperately waiting for a stem cell transplant that could save them from leukemia, lymphoma, metabolic diseases etc. Their lives are definitely worth the price of that minor intervention at birth. Why discard what could be used someday to make the only difference that counts in other peoples lives?

I read that the cryogenically preserved stem cells have no such thing as an expiration date, so the frozen cord blood should be usable for decades. In my case, the decision has already been made. The stem cells extracted from the umbilical cord are an amazing example of lifes capability to hold in itself the power to renew, regenerate and restart all over again. A wonderful unique chance I would not miss for the world!