Having a low sperm count, also called oligospermia is one cause of male infertility.
Ways to increase your sperm count include: exercising regularly, eating nutritious food that's low in fat, and high in protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Reduce caffeine intake. Avoid heating of testicles - Wear loose, cotton boxer shorts, Avoid hot baths and saunas. Don’t drink much - alcohol affects your liver function, which, in turn, causes a dramatic rise in estrogen levels. Even two drinks a day will have long-term effects on sperm production.
A low sperm count may be genetic or can be caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Over exertion physically and mentally
- Zinc deficiency
- Anabolic steroid use
Having a low sperm count does not mean that it will be impossible to father a child; it just means that it may take a little extra assistance. It might be beneficial to consult a reproductive urologist, medical specialist with expertise in working with men with a low sperm count.