Sperm Count FAQ


Why sperm is yellow in color?

Generally sperm is whitish to light gray in color but yellow color can make anyone surprised. However it is thick and it takes 20 to 30 minutes to liquefy. The changes in the sperm is not permanent and therefore there is nothing to worry about. But if the condition continues to three to four weeks then the changes can be due to underlying medical condition which requires further investigation along with treatment. However there are some causes which can lead to yellow color sperm and that is by taking vitamin supplements. Some multivitamins are considered as the cause of yellow sperm, yellow sperm may be due to the presence of urine which gets blocked at the time of ejaculation, yellow sperm may be due to ejaculating after a long time and the old semen may be yellow in color.

Is it normal if sperm has strong odor?

It is very difficult to say about the taste of sperm.  Well men and women both of them can smell their semen which carries the sperm. Generally the common smell which is associated with semen are hospitals, swimming pools, laundry rooms and similar things. These smells are normal semen smell but the actual smell is like chlorine and bleach and this is perfectly normal and nothing seems wrong when semen smells like this. Semen contains ammonia along with other sterile smelling alkaloids but it may also smell on different occasions.

Is it healthy to eat sperm?

Many men just love to give oral sex to their women but women find it disgusting sometimes and not every women likes it. Even some women love to give oral sex but does not want to swallow semen. Well semen contains sperm but it is only one percent of what makes a man seminal fluid. Eating sperm is not risky but it can be when your partner may have certain diseases with STDs like genital herpes, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, chlamydia etc.

Does weed lower sperm count

Weed is an illegal drug which is commonly used in US. Its dried leaves, stems, flowers are often smoked. Though this may not be harmful but smoking pot has several effects on health like increase in blood pressure, increase in heart rate, depression, anxiety etc. But many people don’t know that smoking weed may be harmful and effect fertility. In a study it has been proved that those men who smoke marijuana damage fertility in several ways. Smoking weed can produce less seminal fluid along with low sperm count. Even the shape of sperm is not normal and swimming effect of sperm gets affected. Weed contains TCH or tetrahydrocannabinol that affect the sperm swim. If the TCH is high then human sperm swims abnormally, means that the sperm swim too fast and early and therefore they are unable to attach to an egg and fertilize it. It has found that those men who smoke pot has less volume of seminal fluid than those men who don’t smoke. Seminal fluid contains nutrients and fluid that provides energy to the sperm to make it all the way to fallopian tube of woman and fertilize an egg. In fact the sperm count of such men seems to be much lower compared to non-smokers. If there will be low sperm count then there will be less chances of sperm fertilizing an egg.


How long does sperm live?

Many of them don’t know how sperm is formed and how long does bit live in male reproductive system, how long does it survive after it enters a women’s body. Generally the sperm cells are produced during a process known as spermatogenesis in two testicles of man. The spermatogenic cells present in seminiferous tubules keeps on dividing till they result in the formation of spermatids. After that they are passed on to the epididymis for maturation. Now here is the epididymis that sperm cells are allowed to mature for approximately two to three weeks. However sperm lasts in male body for around 74 days and if they are not released while ejaculation in this period then they die and get reabsorbed in male body. When men ejaculate then sperm is mixed with several nutrients and fluids coming out from gland and seminal vesicles and then it gets released out of penis. Semen can contain 100-400 million sperms and when penis is pulled out of vagina before ejaculation then it only survives for few minutes. When the semen dries up then sperm does not survive for long and does not live for more than 20 minutes to 60 minutes after exposed to environment. In woman’s body, the length of time of sperm depends on various conditions. Even the health and strength of mature cells plays an important role. The internal metabolic capacity of sperm plays a role in how long it is able to survive in female reproductive system.

Can you run out of sperm?

Men never run out of sperm and their testicles goes on producing sperm cells until they die. Men always fertile whereas women stop being fertile after they reach menopause around the age of 50-55 years. Masturbating may affect sperm count and if masturbation is two to three times a day then sperm will gets reduced in each ejaculation. However masturbating once in a day or two can have normal sperm count and volume. Male reproductive system makes new sperm constantly and having sex daily can never be short of sperm or semen. At one time 2ml of semen is released and 20 million sperm per ml of semen. Sperm dies after few days and they are reabsorbed back into the body and again new sperm is produced. Well it is believed that sperm production does not decrease after the age of 40-50. Even men does not produce enough semen and they also find it difficult to reach and maintain erections when they age but completely does not mean that supply runs out.

How many sperm do you need to get pregnant?

Generally it takes only one sperm to fertilize woman’s egg. Though there are millions of sperm that reaches the egg but among millions, only one or two works. Each time man ejaculates they released nearly 100 million sperm. Semen must travel from vagina to fallopian tubes to meet the waiting egg and this is one of the tough journey for few sperm survive. Experts believe that this process is nature’s way of allowing only healthiest sperm to fertilize an egg and to produce the best chances of having a healthy baby.

Is a home sperm count test available?

Home test is available for sperm count which measures sperm count and provides a result within few minutes. Well it is essential to understand that sperm count is just one part of semen analysis for determining male fertility and also one part of complex process.

Is there anything you can do to improve the health of your sperm?

There are many things which can make you healthy and your sperm too. Well some of the tips are mentioned:

  • Avoid smoking or using drugs especially anabolic steroids.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol and limit it
  • Always keep your scrotum cool because making of sperm gets slowed down due to heat. Don’t take hot baths and always try not to wear tight pants.
  • Don’t contact with toxins like pesticides and heavy metals
  • Always eat a healthy diet and try to keep your body under control

What are the chances of low sperm count?

semenaxSperm count is an important where male fertility is considered. Generally semen is while grey color liquid which is ejaculated from penis when you reach to the climax. To conceive, 60% of sperm should have normal shape and move forward normally. Sperm count is generally harmed by lots of things like age and lifestyle related causes. Age can really affect the sperm count as when men ages then sperm count falls slightly over half. Lifestyle related causes are several like:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Genetic and hereditary factors
  • Nutrition deficiencies and malnutrition
  • Low semen level
  • Bicycling
  • Sexual issues
  • Environmental factors
  • Lubricants used
  • Testicular exposure to excess heat

Why do some men have a lower sperm count than others?

There are various factors which can make some men suffer from low sperm count compared to others. Drugs, smoking, drinking, poor nutrition can contribute to low or poor sperm quality. Five factors contribute overall sperm quality and they are speed, morphology, sperm motility, concentration and count. If there is weakness in any of these areas then the chances of conception increases. In normal ejaculate there are over 40 million sperm and if the count is below 40 million then it is considered as decreased fertility.

Typical causes of male subfertility:

  • Sperm production problems
  • Blockages in the sperm’s delivery system
  • Injuries to the testicles
  • Low or high hormone production
  • Anatomical problems
  • Varicocele (varicose veins around the testicle)
  • Past illnesses/ infections/ various diseases
  • Certain medications

Do u get a low count by watching lots of Porn movies?

It really does not matter about your sperm count whether you watch porn movies or another things because you don’t have any control about how much sperm your body makes. Generally sperm count means how many sperm cells are there in certain amount of semen. If the semen is high then chances is high of getting a woman pregnant whenever you have sex. In fact those men who have low sperm count are advised not to have sex very often. This is so that the sperm cells accumulate, increase the count when next time men ejaculates.

How important is sperm count if you’re trying to have kids?

Several reasons are there which can make sperm count low. When you heat your testicles by any way then it can take 3 months for your count to reestablish itself. Heating can affect a lot for sperm count and therefore if you are trying to have kids then avoid such type of damage to your body. Even medications or steroids can have a harmful effect on count. Any kind of damage to testicles can kill the count for months and so don’t lose hope as this can be temporary which can be treated.

How is sperm count affected with multiple ejaculations (3) during a 4-hour interval?

However every male is different and in some cases, many men have shown to produce same amount of sperm after 5 times in ejaculation within 3 hour time period. There are some men who can produce lots of sperm whereas some men produce minimum amount. It really does not matter where how much sperm but it only takes one sperm out of several which are produced. Well if you are thinking to conceive then try to heightening intercourse with several methods like fast sex, foreplay and different time frames. All these activates sense in woman’s body and your partner will also peaks sexually.