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Low sperm count is one of the reasons why the couples are unable to conceive even though they want to. In order for a man to be diagnosed with low sperm count, the test results have to show that sperm count is lower than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. This problem will certainly decrease the chances of pregnancy, but it does not mean that it will not be possible, because it also does not mean that these men cannot ever have children. As for the treatment of this problem, it is important to try to find out the real cause because it is not uncommon that some underlying condition is responsible for it. In such cases, the treatment of the condition in question can increase the sperm count, while in other cases, the solution to the problem might be in vitro fertilization. If the treatment cannot help, the couples will probably be advised to consider adopting a child or the use of the sperm of a donor.

Can vitamins help?

Increasing the frequency of sex, particularly in those days when fertilization is possible, will certainly increase the chances of conception. However, besides this, what might also help is the use of certain supplements. Those that are considered to be particularly important for the sperm count and health are zinc and selenium in the first place, and vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B-12. They are all antioxidants, and due to that fact, they have the potential to protect the sperm from the damaging effects of free radicals. This has a positive effect on the concentration and motility of the sperm. All of these vitamins can be found in food, which means that it is definitely a good idea to introduce them in everyday diet, or to increase their intake in case they are already present.

Other helpful supplements

Even though more research on the effects of supplements of L-arginine and L-carnitine is needed, so far the results indicate that they might also be helpful in improving the quality of the sperm, and thus the sperm count as well. Asian ginseng is only one of the herbs that are recommended for all men with similar problems. However, the caution is needed if the man is already on some medications because of the possible interactions, and this does not apply to the herbs and herbal supplements only, but to vitamins and minerals as well. 

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