One of the most unforgettable moments for any man would probably be hearing the news that he is going to become a father. Certainly, many men looking to start a family would love to have a family and build a humble ‘home’ with the most important people — his loved ones. On some rare occasions, however, the prospect of having a child just seems to be elusive at best, and non-existent at worst. Even with the utmost care and effort, there may come a time in which a couple may not be able to conceive a child immediately.
In such a case, you may have to look for alternatives. An overall check into your semen analysis would be a good start before you take any drastic measures.
“What would I do if the results aren’t positive?”
You wouldn’t have to worry, as there is still hope for you. Just because the results are abnormal doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong with you. There may just be other factors (like stress and recent illnesses) that may have affected your body, thus, producing an unsatisfactory result.
Now, here are just a couple of things you may do right after receiving the abnormal result:
1. Retake the test some other time
On very rare occasions, the first check may not have caught the proper sperm count of your semen. Of course, the chances of this happening is low—but definitely not zero. If you experience any issues or still have doubts about the first test, you can speak to our licensed Australian doctors who are sexual health experts via a telehealth consultation.
2. Implement a change in lifestyle
Remember when we said that the abnormal result might have been caused by stress? Yes, that is true—even lifestyle choices may affect your overall sperm count.
As such, you may want to take a step back and try to relax! Take this advice, not just for the betterment of your semen, but for your body as a whole, as regular stress may do you more harm than good.
If you’re a regular smoker, then it is recommended that you try to quit this habit as it can affect sperm count. Getting ample amounts of sleep as well would help, as it repairs your cells as well. Keep in mind that everything you do in life, even the smallest things, has a definite effect on your body. Take care of it as much as possible!
3. Check if there is a varicocele in your scrotum
A varicocele is a varicose vein in the testicle. Having it may obstruct the regular production of your sperm, thus, interfering with your semen in having the appropriate sperm count. You may determine this by having your scrotum checked through a physical exam. Do not hesitate to ask for the finer details when needed.
4. Assess for any recent illnesses or health conditions
Get a routine check-up done and ask your doctor whether or not you may have some form of illness that may have affected your sperm count. The things to look out for may include but are not limited to diabetes, celiac disease, and even thyroid imbalance.
5. You may undergo certain treatments in order to normalise your sperm count
As mentioned before, there is still hope. Coordinate with a well-trusted clinic that specialises in sexual health. If you’re suffering with fertility issues, you can speak to our trusted doctors to discuss custom treatment options. We also specialise in Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Premature Ejaculation (PE) treatments, creating tailored solutions for each individual’s needs.
Getting an abnormal result in the first test is no cause for alarm. Take everything in stride, manage your expectations, have a healthy lifestyle, and get a regular check-up in order to improve your fertility.
We at the Men’s Health Clinic are made up of some of the most trusted professionals in the field of sexual health and fertility. Contact us and get in touch with some of the most professional male fertility doctors in Australia today.