Every man has different sperm quality
WHAT IS SPERM COUNT?
Sperm count and sperm quality differs from man to man. It only takes a single sperm cell to become pregnant, but the higher the count i.e. the number of sperm cells, the greater the chances are for success.
Basically, a high sperm count means that sperms are many, healthy and can swim off to the egg. When we at European Sperm Bank determine the quality of sperm, there are a number of parameters that determine this, for example:
– The number of live sperm (density)
– Cell movement (motility)
– The cells’ appearance (morphology)
– The amount of sperm in a sample (volume)
Normal and high sperm count
The number of live sperm cells vary from man to man and from day to day. Still, it is good to be aware of what can cause both temporary and permanent reduced sperm quality.
There is currently no general definition of what a high sperm quality entails, but WHO has a standard of what is normal sperm count:
– Semen volume: Min.1,5 ml
– Total number of sperm: 39 million
– Concentration of sperm: 15 million / ml
– Total motility: 40% (i.e., the number of live cells that moves forward)
If you are unsure of your own quality, you can get a sperm count analysis.
Donor semen is treated in a laboratory, where it is cleaned and frozen to -196 degrees Celsius. Only about 50% of the sperm cells survive the freezing process.
Therefore, sperm donors must have very good sperm quality. At European Sperm Bank, we only accept donors with higher than normal sperm count. When we receive a semen sample, we look at the quality after purifying, freezing to -196 degrees and thawing.
We only accept candidates whose semen, after thawing, contains 20 million live (motile) sperm cells per ml. Are you one of them?