It is always a good idea to contact a doctor, if you have been trying to conceive a child for a year without any luck.
There are simple things both men and women can do to support their fertility. Remember that these are general advice and should be combined with a healthy lifestyle:
- Don’t smoke
- Eat healthy
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
- Cut down on alcohol
- Avoid drugs and anabolic steroids
- Do not have unprotected sex
- Get regular tests for sexual transmitted diseases.
If your efforts to become pregnant by your partner have been fruitless, it may be a good idea to test the quality of the sperm and sperm count.
Men are always welcome to visit our labs in Copenhagen, Aarhus or Lyngby, where we test the sperm. When you get the result, we will of course offer advice according to the result.
If there has already been established a low sperm count, it could be serious and a symptom of something even more serious. In that case, it is very important to contact a doctor.
Sperm quality matters – also in donor sperm
MOT is short for ‘Motile Total, which is the way to express how many sperm cells are moving forward. MOT is counted in millions per milliliter, so MOT20+ means that there are more than 20 million forward-moving sperm cells in a milliliter. A straw of donor sperm used for insemination contains 0.5 milliliters, so a quality of MOT20+ will give you a total of over 10 million sperm cells for insemination. The reason we are very particular about MOT20+ is that many clinics and researchers find it to give the best chance of pregnancy, e.g. Shady Grove Fertility, with clinics in 22 locations in the USA. They have systematically collected data from 47,500 IUI cycles with different MOT qualities and concludes that MOT20 donor sperm gives you a 17% chance of success whereas using MOT10 donor sperm reduces your chances to 11%. In other words, your chance of pregnancy is 50% larger with MOT20+.