It's a good idea for both you and your partner to get advice, as fertility problems can affect men and women and often it's a combination of both. Your doctor may initially suggest trying to conceive naturally for a little longer. During IVF, an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. These tests claim to indicate whether your sperm count is low.
Your GP can refer you to a specialist in male infertility at your local hospital or fertility clinic if any problems are found. The fertilised egg is then transferred to the woman's womb. Problems with sperm, including a low sperm count and problems with sperm quality, are quite common. Back to Health A to Z.
Skip to main content. If the results are abnormal, the test should be repeated to ensure it was accurate. Many couples conceive within the second year of trying.
If you're considering donor insemination, you should be offered counselling as a couple about the implications for you and your children. There are treatments available on the NHS or privately that can help you become a dad if you have a low sperm count. The results are usually available within a week. Many couples conceive within the second year of trying. Having a low sperm count can make it more difficult to conceive naturally, although successful pregnancies can still occur.