Treating Infertility Caused by Low Sperm Motility By jodorsett on October 26, 2015

Happy couple with a new babyMaking the decision to become a parent should be a happy and exciting time. Unfortunately, for many couples, pregnancy does not come as easily or as quickly as they would have expected. Infertility, whether male- or female-related, affects a number of couples. Dr. Janelle Dorsett understands how difficult and disheartening it can be to deal with infertility. She has dedicated her career to helping couples overcome these challenges through treatments such as IVF, which is an assisted reproduction technique that helps with multiple stages of conception. One common cause of male infertility is low sperm motility. Dr. Dorsett offers treatment for low sperm motility to assist our Lubbock, TX patients making their dream of parenthood a reality.

What Is Low Sperm Motility?

When men are tested for infertility, they usually expect that the most important factor to consider is sperm count. While sperm count is important to fertility, the movement, or motility, of the sperm is just as important. No matter how many sperm are present, if they can’t swim to the egg, conception will not occur. Men with good sperm motility have sperm that actively progress forward. Those with low sperm motility have sperm that move sluggishly or travel in circles, rather than forward.

Causes of Low Sperm Motility

There are several potential causes of low sperm motility. While some behaviors such as smoking or excessive drinking can negatively impact sperm motility, the most common causes include:

  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Excess levels of stress
  • Poor diet or nutrition
  • Frequent exposure of the genitals to excessive heat (this may be from saunas, hot tubs, laptops, or tight-fitting clothing)

No matter the cause of low sperm motility, Dr. Dorsett can offer effective fertility treatments to help patients overcome this obstacle.


Low sperm motility does not mean that a man cannot have a baby. There are many treatments that can help couples conceive despite this condition. Below are some possible fertility treatments that address low sperm motility:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): IUI is a technique that allows Dr. Dorsett to take a man’s sperm and introduce it directly to a woman’s uterus, thus greatly reducing the amount of swimming the sperm must do to fertilize the woman’s egg.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI): IVF is an assisted reproductive treatment that involves fertilizing a woman’s eggs in a sterile lab environment. The IVF process may include ICSI, which involves injecting a man’s sperm directly into the woman’s egg.
  • Sperm donor: If other fertility treatments fail to produce results or the male patient does not have viable sperm, a sperm donor can be used to improve the chances of conception.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are dealing with fertility problems and would like to learn more about the fertility treatments that are available, schedule an appointment with Dr. Janelle Dorsett at your earliest convenience. Dr. Dorsett is happy to discuss your unique situation and propose a treatment plan that may result in a healthy pregnancy. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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