The problem of infertility is not only a frequent concern of women, although they tend to be more proactive and vocal about their health status, but of men as well. However, men find themselves in a tighter fix because of fear of being ridiculed especially because the ability to procreate is correlated to their masculinity. If you are among the men who have been having problems of getting your partner pregnant and are starting to feel that your ejaculate volume might be the culprit, this article will serve as your guide in understanding more about the matter and assuaging your doubts once and for all.
The physiology of sperm and semen production. Unlike women who are born with a predetermined number of ova or egg cells at birth with one released every month starting puberty and until they reach the menopausal stage, men start to produce sperm cells and semen only when they become adolescents and continue to do so until death. The millions of sperm cells which join the single ovum in fertilization is produced by the testes. Semen, on the other hand, which serves as a vehicle to bring the sperm to the ovum in the fallopian tube is produced by five glands of the testicles, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, bulbourethral gland, and urethral gland.
The normal semen. To be able to conceive, men must be able to fulfill the qualities of a normal semen. In terms of ejaculate volume, men should be able to have 2 to 5 mL per ejaculation. This should contain about 20 million of sperm cells for every mL. About 75 percent of the sperm should be alive with 30 percent having normal shape and about 50 percent motile or have a forward motion.
Getting to know your ejaculate volume. To be able to know if your ejaculate volume is really the culprit of your inability to impregnate your partner, you should submit yourself to a semen analysis. Be sure that you have not masturbated or have any sexual contact at least two days prior to the test. Also, you should practice a healthy lifestyle days before the test such as eating and sleeping right as well as avoiding stress.