Interpreting Test Results
WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN TO YOU
If you see a test line (at the T position) in the result window, your sperm count is at least 20 million per milliliter. This “reference value” is based on the experience of many laboratories that have studied large numbers of healthy fertile men. About 90% of fertile men have sperm counts above 20 million per milliliter. However, a positive SpermCheck Fertility test result alone does not prove that you are fertile. It is important to understand that several factors besides your sperm count could affect your ability to father a child. So if you and your partner have been trying to start a family without success for a year or more, you should see a doctor for a complete semen analysis and to discuss treatments that could benefit you, even if your SpermCheck test result is positive.
If you do not see a test line (at the T position) in the results window, your sperm count is less than 20 million per milliliter. However, a negative SpermCheck Fertility test result alone does not prove that you are infertile. About 10% of fertile men have sperm counts below 20 million per milliliter, so you may still be able to father a child naturally. However, you should have a complete semen analysis and talk to a doctor about possible treatments for sub-fertility, especially if you and your partner have been trying to start a family without success.
If you do not see a control line (at the C position) in the result window, your test did not run correctly and the results are not valid. You should test again with a new sample and a new SpermCheck Fertility kit. Wait at least 48 hours, but not more than 7 days after your last ejaculation to retest.
REASONS FOR INCORRECT RESULTS
- Reading the test too soon or too late. You must read the result 7 minutes after adding the SpermCheck Solution/semen mixture to the sample well.
- Adding sample to the result window instead of the sample well. The sample well is the round opening marked with an “S” near the bottom of the device.
- Not mixing the semen well enough in the cup before adding to the SpermCheck Solution.
- Not mixing the SpermCheck Solution/semen mixture in the SpermCheck Solution Bottle well enough before adding it to the SpermCheck Device.
- Adding too much or too little semen with the Semen Transfer Device to the SpermCheck Solution Bottle. Be sure to fill the Semen Transfer Device with semen exactly to the black line.
- Adding the SpermCheck Solution/semen mixture to the SpermCheck Device too soon. The mixture should stand for two (2) minutes after adding the semen to the SpermCheck Solution Bottle.
- Adding too much or too little of the SpermCheck Solution/semen mixture to the SpermCheck Device sample well. You must add exactly five (5) drops from the SpermCheck Solution Bottle to the sample well.
- Not collecting the entire ejaculate, especially the first drops of the ejaculate.
- Poor vision, color blindness or poor lighting may affect your ability to interpret the test correctly.
- Testing a sample obtained less than 48 hours or more than 7 days since your last ejaculation may give misleading results.
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