Low Sperm Count / Oligospermia
Ayurvedic Treatment for low sperm count / Oligospermia
Oligospermia is the decreased number of sperm in male ejaculation. Less than < 15 million sperm/mL in a single time ejaculation is termed Oligospermia. This is further divided into mild, Moderate, and severe categories as mild (10–15 million sperm/mL), moderate (5–10 million sperm/mL), and severe (< 5 million sperm/mL). Less sperm means that fewer sperm is coming out in the semen of the men’s penis. Not even a single sperm present in the semen is called Azoospermia which is usually rare. The normal count in a man’s semen ranges from 15 million sperm to more than 200 million sperm/ ml, if it’s less than 15 million, it means the person is suffering from oligospermia.
Any male who is unable to produce a child without protective sexual intercourse may be suffering from Oligospermia. Signs can be seen in cases of imbalances in hormones, dilated testicular vein, or any other disorder which restricts the passage of sperm. Some of the visual signs which can be seen are loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, pain, swelling or extra growth in the testes, and hormonal or chromosome defects.
The reproductive status of the man usually remains in the dark until he is not able to reproduce. Most of the cases the cause remains unnoticed as the sperm count can increase and decrease depending on the functioning of the hypothalamus, pituitary glands, and testes. The changes in these organs can be temporary or permanent depending on medical issues, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.
Some medical health problems are usually related to low sperm count. Some of them are as follows:-
- Varicocele: Enlargement in the veins of the testes causes swelling in the testis and is called varicocele.
- Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc cause infection in the urethra causing low sperm count.
- Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can cause a decrease in sperm cells. Improper use of medical drugs like steroids may cause changes in the reproductive system functioning and affect the sperm count.
The environment plays an important role in reducing sperm count. The factors responsible are: Extensive exposure to chemicals like lead, X-rays, radiation, etc can cause low sperm count. Regular exposure to very hot temperatures like taking bath with very hot water or using hot water bathtubs regularly. Extensive cycling causes extensive heat production and can thus affect sperm count.
Health and lifestyle
Some lifestyle changes can also cause low sperm count they are: Some weight-reducing drugs usually reduce the sperm count or quality. Excessive alcohol consumption and regular smoking regularly reduce testosterone levels and thus decrease the sperm count. Nowadays steroid rich protein in the gym also affects the sperm count. Prolonged stress and excessive weight can also be factors affecting male fertility and reducing sperm count.
Oligospermia Management At Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic
Oligospermia can be correlated with Shukra kshaya in Ayurveda which can be treated with the holistic approach of Ayurveda. Highly knowledgeable and experienced Ayurveda practitioners at Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic focus on correction of diet and lifestyle and Panchakarma cleansing treatment like massage, Shirodhara, induced purgation (Virechana), medicated enemas (Vasti), and oral Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Shilajit, Safed Musli (according to a patients health condition) after these Panchakarma treatments. Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic also focuses on rejuvenation therapies to increase the quality and quantity of the sperm and also focuses on the special branch of Ayurveda known as Vajikarana i.e. Aphrodisiac Medicine.
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