Would my wife still be able to get pregnant if I have non-motile sperm?

I had a vasectomy 3 months ago and my results have come back with a normal sperm count of 98 million. But only 1% motility (slow) 99% non motile. Would I be classed as infertile? Also is it likely my sperm count will go down with time or stay normal and class as unsuccessful?

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More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Mar 06, 2018

Fertility is definitely impaired, but pregnancy still remotely possible.

Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD (View Profile)

Fertility is definitely impaired, but pregnancy still remotely possible.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Mar 05, 2018

A couple of things—98 million means that the vasectomy, for whatever reason, was not successful. The count should be very low or nil by now. No you would not be able to achieve pregnancy with 1% motility because sperm motility allows the sperm to reach the egg and penetrate it. The likely scenario is that you got the specimen to the lab in greater than thirty minutes and that accounts for the low motility. They need to get it for an accurate motility assessment in less than thirty minutes. I'd repeat the semen analysis and review the results with the urologist who did the vasectomy.

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

A couple of things—98 million means that the vasectomy, for whatever reason, was not successful. The count should be very low or nil by now. No you would not be able to achieve pregnancy with 1% motility because sperm motility allows the sperm to reach the egg and penetrate it. The likely scenario is that you got the specimen to the lab in greater than thirty minutes and that accounts for the low motility. They need to get it for an accurate motility assessment in less than thirty minutes. I'd repeat the semen analysis and review the results with the urologist who did the vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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