How accurate is SpermCheck Fertility?
A clinical study conducted at the University of Virginia comparing the accuracy of SpermCheck Fertility to standard in-laboratory sperm count methods showed that SpermCheck Fertility correctly measures sperm count 96% of the time.
What is a “normal” sperm count?
The accepted standard for a “normal” sperm count is 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
What is a “low” sperm count?
Anything below 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen is considered a “low” sperm count, also called oligospermia. Severe oligospermia is typically defined as a sperm count less than 5 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
If I get a positive result from SpermCheck Fertility, am I fertile?
A positive result from SpermCheck indicates that you have a normal sperm count; however, a positive SpermCheck Fertility test alone does not prove that you are fertile. Other factors besides your sperm count, including low motility of your sperm and/or abnormal size or shape of your sperm, can affect your fertility status. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive without success for a year or more, you should see a doctor for a complete semen analysis, even if you get a positive result from the SpermCheck Fertility test.
If I get a negative result from SpermCheck Fertility, am I infertile?
A negative result from the SpermCheck Fertility test indicates that you have a sperm count below 20 million per milliliter; however, a negative SpermCheck Fertility test alone does not prove that you are infertile. The test does not indicate how much below 20 million per milliliter your count is, and it is important to remember that 10% of fertile men have sperm counts below 20 million per milliliter. A negative test result indicates that you should seek the advice of a physician about possible causes of, and treatments for, your low sperm count.
I don’t see a reddish line next to the C in my test window. Is my test valid?
No, if you don’t see a line at the C position, your test did not run correctly and the results are not valid.
How do I interpret the results of my SpermCheck Fertility Test?
Interpreting the results of the SpermCheck Fertility Test is simple. First, if the test is valid, you will see a reddish line at the C position in the test window. If you don’t see a line at the C position, your test did not run correctly and the results are not valid. If you see a reddish line at the test line position in the result window, your sperm count is at least 20 million sperm per milliliter and the test is positive. If you do not see a line at the T position, your sperm count is below 20 million sperm per milliliter, and the test is negative.
How much does the SpermCheck Fertility test cost?
The SpermCheck Fertility Test is sold for $39.95. To purchase a test, go to www.fairhavenhealth.com.
Can I use my SpermCheck Fertility test more than once?
No. Each SpermCheck Fertility Test is single use. When you decide to retest your sperm count you will need to purchase another SpermCheck Fertility test.
How frequently can I test my sperm count?
If you are working to increase your sperm count, it is recommended that you recheck your sperm count every three months.
What can I do to increase my sperm count?
Many lifestyle factors impact the quantity and quality of the sperm you produce. Smoking cigarettes, using chewing tobacco, drinking large amounts of alcohol, and exercising excessively all decrease the quantity and quality of your sperm. Quitting, or simply cutting back on, any of the activities above will help you to enhance your fertility. In addition, certain vitamins and minerals, most notably Vitamin C, Vitamin E and zinc, can improve sperm quantity and quality. Supplementing with these nutrients can improve your fertility. Other nutrients, including L-carnitine, CoQ10, and glutathione found in such products as FertilAid for Men, Count Boost for Men and Motility Boost for Men are believed to help increase sperm count and quality. Low sperm count is sometimes caused by the presence of a varicocele, which is an abnormal enlargement of the veins in the scrotum. This enlargement allows blood to pool in these veins, which increases the temperature of the testicles and decreases sperm count. In some cases of male sub-fertility or infertility, a physician might recommend surgery to repair the varicocele.
What other factors, besides my sperm count, might be impacting my fertility status?
Sperm motility, the measurement of how well sperm is able to move through the female reproductive system to meet the egg, is an important factor in determining male fertility. Normal sperm motility is defined as at least 60% of observed sperm, or at least 8 million sperm per milliliter of semen, showing good forward movement. If your sperm motility is low, even if your sperm count is normal, you may have difficulty conceiving. Sperm morphology, or the size and shape of your sperm, is also an important indicator of fertility. Abnormal size and shape can decrease the ability of the sperm to penetrate the egg for fertilization. If you have determined that your sperm count is normal, but you continue to have difficulty conceiving after 1 year of well-timed intercourse, it is recommended that you see a physician to have a full semen analysis to determine your sperm motility and morphology.