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Seminal Quality

Seminal Quality

In approximately half of the couples who go to an assisted reproduction clinic because they do not achieve pregnancy, the infertility problem is the male and in most cases as a consequence of poor seminal quality. This is determined from several parameters:

  • Semen volume: the normal thing is that between 2 and 5 milliliters are produced per ejaculation. Taking into account that with the number of ejaculations the volume decreases and it increases depending on the time of previous sexual abstinence, systematic values ​​below and above those mentioned are indicative of problems that can affect fertility.
  • Its viscosity.
  • The way it thickens and then turns liquid.
  • The acidity (Ph) and fructose content of the liquid. Citric acid and fructose indicate the secretory capacity of the prostate and seminal vesicles. Normal levels of both substances are above 52 and 13 micromoles, respectively.
  • Sperm concentration.
  • Sperm motility.
  • Shape of the sperm.
  • Fragmentation of sperm DNA.

It must be taken into account that the semen that is expelled in each ejaculation is made up of the secretions of different glands and only 5% comes from the testicles, where sperm are produced from germ cells and a liquid very rich in testosterone that allows the former to pass through the epididymis before passing into the semen. The remainder is produced in the seminal vesicles, the prostate, and the bulbourethral and urethral glands. When put together, the different components make the semen appear slimy, sticky in texture and white or grayish (sometimes it may appear slightly yellowish) components of the semen.

The point is that seminal quality can be affected by multiple factors, such as certain diseases (such as varicocele), drug, tobacco and alcohol use, the use of certain drugs, environmental factors such as exposure to toxic substances or ionizing radiation, sexually transmitted infections, fever, working in environments with high temperatures, etc.

Normal seminal quality

The number of dead and abnormal sperm in each semen sample can be surprising. But, in any case, semen quality is considered normal when the following criteria are met:

  • The total volume of semen should be between 1.5 and 5 milliliters.
  • The sperm concentration must be at least 20 million per milliliter of semen (it can reach 150 million).
  • At least 75% of the sperm must be alive.
  • 30% of them must be well trained.
  • 25% must move forward in a quick movement and 50% must go forward even slowly.

All these values, as well as those of Ph and fructose concentration and those related to viscosity and subsequent liquefaction, can be determined by performing a seminogram or spermiogram.

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Too little ejaculate

Too little ejaculate? You can change that!

Some men are worried when they notice that their ejaculate is getting less, so the amount of ejaculate is reduced. This can have several reasons but is basically nothing to worry about.

Which factors determine the ejaculate volume?

If a man gets an orgasm, he usually ejaculates too. But ejaculation and orgasm can also be done separately. But that is rarely the case. The normal ejaculate volume is between 1.25 and 4 ml – which is about a quarter to a full teaspoon. Men who ejaculate frequently in succession usually have a reduced volume of ejaculate.

At the age of 30, men produce the largest amounts of ejaculate. With increasing age, the ejaculate volume decreases. Genetics, diet, smoking and general health can affect ejaculate volume.

In conclusion, a healthy diet and lifestyle can have a positive effect on ejaculate volume. But it is also important to know that the middle lobe of the prostate (male prostate gland) often increases with age. This results in less ejaculate. Some men also complain that the ejaculate no longer “shoots out” but just trickles out. This is related to how the power of the muscular system and the pelvic floor are formed.

This power can be trained. So you can build more tension by the pelvic floor muscles is stimulated with special training sessions. But even the transfer of the urethra, which is caused for example by inflammatory processes and sometimes leads to so-called strictures in the urethra, can lead to the pressure of ejaculation is reduced. Or that the entire volume of ejaculate is not visible, because a part runs back. Medication and surgery can also cause men to experience retrograde ejaculation (which is ejaculation into the bladder) or to optically reduce ejaculate volume. If you have further questions, an experienced sexologist in Delhi will help you.

How to increase your sperm intake

But how can the sperm quantity be increased? There are several possibilities for that:

  • Drink more, especially water!
  • Be more abstemious. Men who often ejaculate within a few hours usually have a reduced amount of ejaculate. Those abstaining for 3 to 5 days usually have an increased ejaculate volume and thus a higher amount of ejaculation.
  • Less, preferably not to smoke
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • As little saturated fat as possible
  • The amount of ejaculate can also increase men by strengthening their potency muscles. The contraction force of the ischiocavernosus and bulbospongiosus muscles is sometimes insufficient to “work” against the “resistance” of the prostate and the urethra. Here it helps when men train this musculature, which is also called “potency musculature”.

How important is the ejaculate volume in men?

Many men attach great importance to the amount of their ejaculate. They correlate these with their masculinity. It happens again and again that men feel bad about decreasing the volume of ejaculate. Some also feel that the more ejaculate produced by orgasm, the more sexually excited they are. Anyway, the ejaculate volume is very individual! Some men ejaculate more, others less. But that has little to do with her masculinity! Because sexual fulfillment is independent of ejaculate volume.

The widespread uncertainty in this regard, among other things, also results from pornographic depictions, where often very large amounts of ejaculate are shown. Many believe that this is normal – it is often used in front of the camera with fake ejaculate. Anyone feeling insecure about their ejaculate volume should definitely discuss this with their sexologist doctor in Delhi.

Increase ejaculate volume: what you should look out for

Observe temperature

In principle, care should be taken that the testes are not exposed directly to too high a temperature. An increased temperature exposure of the testicles – especially over a longer period of time – can lead to the fact that the fertility critical ejaculate parameters suffer and/or worsen. Important in this context: Basically elevated temperatures have no significant influence on the ejaculate volume.

Low saturated fat

In addition, men should be careful not to consume too much-saturated fat. Because they can cause osmotic changes in the sperm.

Saturated fatty acids are found in all animal foods, such as butter, dairy, meat, and sausages, as well as the readiest meals and fast foods. In addition, they are part of some vegetable fats, which include coconut oil or hydrogenated vegetable fat. The saturated fatty acids slow down metabolism and often lead to high cholesterol, rheumatism, cardiovascular disease and increased risk of a heart attack.

Preferable are monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to lower the LDL cholesterol level and increase the “good” cholesterol HDL – and thus have a positive influence on sperm quantity. They are contained in nuts, olives, avocados, olive and rapeseed oil, for example. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are equally important. For the cell structure, for example, linoleic acid is of great importance. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and prevent rheumatic diseases. Suppliers of polyunsaturated fatty acids are salmon, herring, mackerel, and tuna, as well as soy, thistle or sunflower oil.