Jan 01 2016

Abnormal Sperm Shape: How Morphology Issues Can Cause Fertility Problems


Sperm and an eggWhen patients come to see Dr. Janelle Dorsett, they know that they are meeting with one of the leading fertility specialists based in Lubbock. She offers detailed male and female infertility information including viable treatment options.

We receive a number of questions about sperm morphology and its impact on fertility. Let's explore the issue in more detail right now.

About Sperm Morphology

Sperm morphology refers to the shape of a man's sperm and its general anatomy. This means attention paid to the size of the sperm's head, the length of its tail, and other potential abnormalities in proper sperm size and shape.

In general, a normal and healthy sperm should have an oval head, a well-defined cap, and a single healthy tail. Some sperm that have poor morphology suffer from a larger or smaller head than normal. In addition, some poorly formed sperm have multiple tails, a shorter tail, a longer tail, multiple tails.

Sperm morphology is one of the sure ways to improve your chances of successful pregnancy and live birth.

Why Sperm Morphology Is Important

Issues with sperm morphology pose a number of problems for people who would like to have a child of their own. In broad terms, sperm morphology affects the motility of the sperm and can also increase risks of birth defects and serious health disorders. Let's consider each of these concerns individually.

Male Infertility and Poor Sperm Morphology

Poor sperm morphology can affect the ability for sperm to swim properly. This means a negative impact on sperm motility, which is an important consideration when it comes to conceiving through natural means. When sperm motility is poor, the sperm is unable to swim and has a lower chance of encountering the egg.

Birth Defects and Poor Sperm Morphology

Another important consideration involves birth defects. When a sperm is poorly formed, it may increase the risks of a child suffering from serious congenital defects or disorders. This can mean serious mental/cognitive and physical setbacks and challenges for your child for the rest of his or her life.

Assessing the Morphology and Health of Your Sperm

If you have had difficulty conceiving for a year or more, a fertility specialist can analyze your sperm from a sample, taking into account the sperm morphology, sperm count, and other factors that may impact male infertility. If there are any issues with sperm quality, various treatment options can be considered in order to make fatherhood and parenthood a reality.

Treatment Options for Abnormal Sperm Shape

One of the most ideal treatments for poor sperm morphology issues is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This isolates an egg and sperm cells in a lab setting to achieve fertilization increase chances of successful pregnancy. Sperm can be selected for quality as part of this process. In fact, healthy and viable sperm can be identified and injected directly into an egg for fertilization, a process known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

If a man simply does not have viable sperm of his own for the process as a result of poor sperm morphology, a sperm donor may be used instead. The donor can be selected based on physical characteristics as well as IQ and other factors.

There are many solutions out there, and our team would be more than happy to discuss them with your during the consultation process.

Contact Dr. Janelle Dorsett

To learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you start the family that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our experienced fertility specialists today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you make the best decisions possible.

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