December 3, 2009

Q&A: Is There Any Way To Have More Sperm Than I Do Now?

Dr. Debby Herbenick gives tips on ways of changing your lifestyle to increase your sperm count.

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Question: Is there any way to have more sperm than I do now?

Sperm only account for about 5% of a man’s ejaculation by volume whereas fluids from the seminal vesicles and prostate gland account for the vast majority of semen. As such, if you are hoping that more sperm will make for larger amounts of semen when you ejaculate, think again!

Unable to Increase the Volume of Ejaculate

In fact, I am not aware of any way to reliably increase the volume of your ejaculate. Some men find that they emit more semen when they have had less frequent masturbation or partnered sex or when they have allowed their arousal to build up substantially before ejaculating. Others notice little, if any, difference when they try these things.

Now, if you’re not interested in changing your semen volume – but rather you are interested in increasing your sperm count itself, that may be another story.

Increasing Your Sperm Count

If a healthcare provider has told you that you have a low sperm count, and you and your partner wish to become pregnant, then you may be able to make some lifestyle changes that can either result in more sperm per ejaculation or that may help the sperm you do produce to swim faster or to be of higher quality.

Some research, for example, has linked high body fat to lower sperm count or to lower sperm quality. Other research has examined the relationship between caffeine consumption or cigarette smoking with the suggestion that high caffeine consumption and smoking can have a negative impact on sperm quality.

Then there are temperature issues to consider in that men who are trying to conceive may find it helpful to steer clear of tight underwear, steam rooms or hot tubs so that their testicles – where sperm are produced – aren’t subjected to warm temperatures, which can impair sperm production.

If you are concerned about your sperm count or your fertility, check in with a healthcare provider for advice about what you can personally to do improve your sperm count or quality. Depending on your personal health history and your goals regarding pregnancy, some strategies may be better choices than others and you can discuss these options with a healthcare provider.

  • I had heard and correct me if I am wrong with this theory but that male enhancement devices could do this because they make you harder for longer which then runs with your theory of “arousal to build up substantially” – do you think that this could work? I can see the logic behind it and think that even if it only improves it by a little it is worth it.