If you and your partner have had problems to achieve a pregnancy; it is important that you go to a fertility clinic together to let you know what the causes are. The causes may be on the part of the woman, the man or both; so they should be reviewed to begin taking the appropriate treatment.
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Sperm are an important element that allows you to get pregnant, so this time we will focus on everything one of them must have to achieve it.
The ultimate goal of a sperm is to fertilize the oocyte, surely you’ve heard about the most skilled sperm will be able to reach the goal, but do you know what it must have to achieve it?
The sperm must acquire the exact way to fertilize the ovule, the head is compacted to have a better movement and cross the ovule’s cover; and in addition the tail acquires greater resistance and speed to cross a series of obstacles such as:
From the moment of ejaculation the sperm must go a long way that can last from 30 minutes to several hours. Some sperm can survive 48 to 72 hours, while the egg lives less than 24 hours; so fertilization can occur two to three days after sexual intercourse.
Some of the studies carried out in an andrology laboratory allow semen to be analyzed to determine if sperm have the appropriate characteristics to achieve a pregnancy.
If you are interested in knowing the characteristics of your sperm, contact us so that our specialists provide you with more information.