Back to Health A to Z. A low sperm count, also called oligozoospermia, is where a man has fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen. Having a low sperm count can make it more difficult to conceive naturally, although successful pregnancies can still occur. Problems with sperm, including a low sperm count and problems with sperm quality, are quite common. They're a factor in around one in three couples who are struggling to get pregnant. There are treatments available on the NHS or privately that can help you become a dad if you have a low sperm count.
You've probably heard of antioxidants as cancer and heart disease fighters. They may also increase male fertility. Researchers found that men who took antioxidants in supplement form had less DNA damaged sperm than men who did not take antioxidants. Also, some researchers found that couples had higher pregnancy rates when men took additional antioxidants.
In recent times this subject has gone from being somehow unmentionable to something that can be discussed more openly, but is still beset by myths, anecdote and urban legends. In this article we unpack some of those myths. We examine the causes of the condition and the question of whether there is a cure for low sperm count.