Teratozoospermia or teratospermia is the increase of abnormal sperm in male semen.

It is diagnosed when abnormal sperm morphology exceeds 96% and compromises fertility because most of the abnormal sperm are unable to travel to the egg and penetrate it.


Although the exact causes of teratozoospermia are not known, we do know that sperm quality can be affected by factors such as:
Diabetes mellitus
Vasectomy over 5 years
Seminal infections
Testicular problems
Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs such as cocaine or marijuana
Exposure to toxic agents such as insecticides
Age (the number of abnormal sperm increases after a man reaches 45 years of age)
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy
Febrile episodes
Prolonged exposure to heat in cars, saunas or hot tubs


Teratozoospermia has no symptoms, so it is necessary to see a specialist for diagnosis.


It is diagnosed by seminogram or seminal fluid analysis. It is recommended that the man has not ejaculated for three to seven days before the test.

Can I have a baby if I have teratozoospermia?

Comprehensive fertility programs to achieve a baby at home when suffering from teratozoospermia include different Assisted Reproduction alternatives, such as:

- Artificial Insemination
- In Vitro Fertilization
- IVF with intracytoplasmic microinjection of spermatozoa
Come to our reproduction specialists and find the best alternative to have a baby at home. 
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