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Does a sperm's shape matter for fertility?

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Normal sperm have egg-shaped heads and long tails. Sperm use these tails to “swim” to the egg. The more normal-shaped sperm you have, the easier it will be for them to reach your partner’s egg.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Male Infertility.”

Center for Human Reproduction: “Male Infertility.”

Mayo Clinic: “Healthy Sperm: Improving Your Fertility,” “Low Sperm Count,” “Alternative Medicine.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Lifestyle factors and reproductive health: taking control of your fertility.”

Efrat, M. Fertility and Sterility, May 2018.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Male Infertility.”

Center for Human Reproduction: “Male Infertility.”

Mayo Clinic: “Healthy Sperm: Improving Your Fertility,” “Low Sperm Count,” “Alternative Medicine.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Lifestyle factors and reproductive health: taking control of your fertility.”

Efrat, M. Fertility and Sterility, May 2018.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on August 26, 2020

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