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Sperm count, concentration and volume

Updated: Mar 11

The sperm count relates to how many sperm you have in your semen sample.

You will see a number indicating your total sperm count. This is the amount of sperm in the ejaculate. Ideally you want to see 39 million or more.

You will also see a reading for the sperm concentration. This is the number of sperm in 1mL of semen. 15 million or more per mL is considered a healthy concentration.

Semen volume is also a useful metric. It is the amount of fluid you ejaculate and 1.5mL or more is categorised as a healthy amount.

Sperm Motility

The sperm motility relates to how many of your sperm are moving well.

These will be indicated as two different results. One will show the total motility, which is how many of your sperm are moving in total and 42% or more is considered healthy.

The other is what’s known as the progressive motility, which is how many of your sperm are moving in an effective forward pathway. Having 30% or more moving forward is considered a healthy proportion.

Sperm Morphology

Sperm morphology is related to the shape of your sperm. This includes head, neck and tail.  Having 4% or more of your sperm a healthy shape and size is considered normal.

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