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Is low ejaculate volume a cause of male infertility if all other semen parameters are within normal range?

By Álvaro Martínez Moro B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 07/25/2023

Low ejaculate volume or hypospermia is considered when the seminogram shows a seminal volume of less than 1.5ml. In these situations it is important to carry out associated assessments or even complementary tests to rule out other conditions.

Among the different causes that may be affecting seminal volume are male ageing, partial retrograde ejaculation, alterations in hormone production, obstructions in the ejaculatory ducts or damage to the vas deferens and seminal vesicles, among many others.

To assess seminal volume it is necessary to perform a semen analysis with a sexual abstinence of between 3 and 5 days. In the case of two semenograms with the same value, the urologist should be consulted in order to find causes that may be affecting the volume of the ejaculate.

Hypospermia may be associated with male infertility if it is an impediment to pregnancy. Otherwise, if sperm count values are within the normal range, male fertility should not be affected. It is true, however, that hypospermia is usually related to low sperm concentration that complicates the achievement of pregnancy.

In conclusion, the diagnosis of hypospermia in a seminogram does not have to be associated with a decrease in the male's fertile potential as long as the rest of the values are above normal limits. In addition, it is also important to carry out an exhaustive study to determine whether there are associated pathologies that lead to a lower ejaculate volume.

Read the full article on: What Is the Normal Semen Volume in Males? ( 80).
 Álvaro  Martínez Moro
Álvaro Martínez Moro
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Álvaro Martínez Moro has a degree in Biology from the University of Granada and a Masters in Advanced Biotechnology from the University of A Coruña. He also holds his own Masters in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid and another in Medical Genetics from the University of Valencia. In addition, he is a postgraduate specialist in Clinical Genetics from the University of Alcalá de Henares.
Embryologist. Álvaro Martínez Moro has a degree in Biology from the University of Granada and a Masters in Advanced Biotechnology from the University of A Coruña. He also holds his own Masters in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid and another in Medical Genetics from the University of Valencia. In addition, he is a postgraduate specialist in Clinical Genetics from the University of Alcalá de Henares.