Conception With Low Sperm Count?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband has a low sperm count. What are our chances for conceiving? We are waiting on an appointment with an infertility specialist.

Also, my period was 3 days late (always on time), it came today. Can a woman be pregnant and still have a period?

ANSWER

It's true that a low sperm count makes things more difficult, but of course it only takes one!

It is unlikely that you are pregnant if you have a normal period, though it does happen in rare cases. Usually, the "period" that happens when you're pregnant is not as long or as strong as usual.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.