Pregnancy: Conceive High Risk Conditions (cont.)
My fiance has hypertension. How will that affect our chances?
If his sperm count is fine then male hypertension shouldn't affect your chances of getting pregnant.
It is known that excessive ejaculation and excessive abstinence both decrease sperm count. How often should a man ejaculate to maintain healthy sperm count?
Ejaculating once a day on average usually provides you with reassurance that he makes enough healthy sperm and that he won't deplete his reservoir too much. However, you also want to make sure he has enough sperm to start with. Doing a spermanalysis will answer this question best. If he has enough sperms then once a day is fine. If he has somewhat less sperm then every other day is better.
How can we know about the sperm count, because the doctors don't recommend doing the tests during the initial phase of TTC?
You simply need a sperm count to know that he is OK, too. Many specialists start off testing him. Up to 50% of infertility cases have a male factor. So he should get tested before you do. What better test could there be than one that ensures the person gets to have an orgasm?
And a spermanalysis is not necessarily part of the "wait a year" recommendation, right?
You can have that done any time.
I usually start all my TTC patients off with a spermanalysis. That way you don't waste any unnecessary time.
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