At Aurora, we pride ourselves on our specialist andrology expertise which enable us to determine the problem and offer an individual service, based on what is best for you and your partner.

 

Sperm quality:

The quality of sperm determines to a large extent whether a man can father children. Fertility specialists use assessments to determine the best fertility treatment options for men.  Assessment is a semen analysis, generally including the evaluation of:

  • Sperm count  It is generally accepted that a sperm count of 15 million per ml of semen is compatible with fertility
  • Sperm movement (motility)  Only healthy sperm moving in a forward direction can travel to meet the egg and fertilise it to result in pregnancy. It is generally accepted that progressive motility of 32% is compatible with fertility
  • Sperm shape (morphology)  Only normally-shaped sperm can achieve normal fertilisation of an egg that leads to pregnancy. It is generally accepted that morphology of 5% or more is compatible with fertility

 

Factors that have a negative impact:

(Some factors that could be profound enough to shut down sperm production completely)

  • Inherited factors  genetic conditions like Klinefelter’s syndrome; abnormal testosterone production impairs testicular function and reduces sperm production (such as hypogonadism); absent testis or tract for sperm to pass through (such as in cystic fibrosis)
  • Acute/Chronic illnesses  any severe or chronic illness can impair sperm production from the testis and/or function
  • Lifestyle factors  these are by far the most common factors. Sperm production and function depend on very delicate physiological processes that can be impacted negatively by lifestyle factors including:
    • Nutritional  unhealthy dietary intake like binging on fast foods
    • Weight  excessive body weight fluctuations and extremes of body weight (under and over normal ranges) 
    • Smoking  cigarette smoking, use of cannabis is particularly detrimental to sperm function even with normal semen parameters
    • Alcohol  excessive alcohol consumption (binge drinking is particularly harmful)
    • Stimulants  excessive caffeine intake 
    • Stress  excessive stress negatively impacts both sperm production/function and consummation of relationships

Sperm augmentation and sperm dysfunction treatment:

Our team of specialist andrologists take a number of approaches to managing sperm quality issues for clients, and offer sperm augmentation and sperm dysfunction treatment options:

  • Lifestyle modification and support  we employ specialist lifestyle coaches that work with you and your partner to effect change
  • Nutritional interventions  our nutritionist works out the best nutritional package for you, taking into account your ethnicity and any cultural or religious values you hold, and offers support in achieving necessary goals
  • Hormone replacement therapy  our specialist andrologists have a wealth of experience of hormone replacement therapy for sperm augmentation
  • Complementary therapies  stress-relief including reflexology and acupuncture
  • Surgery  ranging from simple sperm aspiration to testicular sperm extraction