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How many sperm cells does a man need in order to be considered fertile?

By Patricia Recuerda Tomás.
Last Update: 09/03/2018

According to the reference limits for the analysis of semen samples established by the WHO, a semen sample is considered normal when it presents a minimum of 15 million spermatozoa per milliliter and 39 million spermatozoa in the ejaculate.

Although these are the reference values for classifying a semen sample as normal, this does not mean that men with semen samples below these values are infertile.

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 Patricia Recuerda Tomás
Patricia Recuerda Tomás
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares. Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV). Extensive experience working at several Assisted Reproduction laboratories.
License: 19882M
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares. Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV). Extensive experience working at several Assisted Reproduction laboratories. License: 19882M.