Being overweight may play a part in one's fertility. You should have a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 24.9-- 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and anything above 30 is obese.
The more overweight your are the lower the chance of you acheiving a pregnancy.
Being overweight can cause increased risk of infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, increase in miscarriage, and lower success with fertility treatments.
If you are having trouble conceiving, a semen analysis is the first piece of the puzzle to solving your infertility issue. The male is responsible for up to 40% of infertility. A semen analysis is performed by a highly trained laboratory technician. The male patient is instructed to refrain from ejaculation (abstain) for approximately 2 - 7 days, then ejaculate into a sterile collection cup. This collection process can be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home, or at our office in a special comfortable room.
Once the sample is in the lab, the technician will assess several characteristics of the semen, including volume, liquefication, color and texture. It will then be analyzed under a high magnification microscope where sperm concentration (count), motility (movement) and morphology (size, shape and appearance of entire sperm) will be assessed. The criteria for a normal semen analysis is a volume between 2-6 milliliters (mL) (approximately half to one teaspoon of fluid), a sperm concentration of 20 million/mL, a motility of >50%, and a morphology of >30% normal forms using the WHO guideline or >14% Strict Kruger method.
There are multiple tests done during a semen analysis, and one or more of these tests may be abnormal. If semen volume is too low, it may result in lower total concentration of total sperm, which may make it more difficult to conceive. If semen volume is too high it may dilute the sperm concentration. If liquefication is not complete, it may trap some of the sperm within the semen. The less sperm concentration you have the fewer the sperm that are able to travel to the female egg and enable fertilization. If motility is too low, or the direction they move is not adequate, the sperm may not be able to travel through the cervix, into the uterus and finally into the fallopian tube where fertilization takes place. And lastly, if the morphology indicates a low number of normal sperm, this may affect the potential for that sperm to fertilize an egg on its own.
Regardless of which abnormality you may have, there are treatments that will be effective in helping you achieve a pregnancy. Dr. Morgan spends quality time with our patients to determine which course of treatment will be suitable for your circumstances.
Posted in Artifical Insemination on September 17, 2010 by kerri hurley
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