Learn how SpermCheck® Fertility products can help with sperm detection
A: SpermCheck® Fertility can help take some of the guessing out of the conception process. Whether you are planning a pregnancy in the near future or have had trouble getting pregnant, this unique, inexpensive sperm detection product, can help couples save time, money and frustration. Starting the process with a male fertility test can eliminate unnecessary and expensive testing of the female. 50% of infertility issues are related to the male, yet 80% of men are not tested early on or at all.
A: SpermCheck® Fertility is easy to use, providing fast, easy-to-read results. Similar to a pregnancy test, the SCF uses colored lines to inform you if there is normal or low sperm count. Done in the privacy of your own home, a semen sample is placed in the solution bottle provided and the two are mixed. Four drops of the mixture is then placed in the testing device, which will measure the sperm count in the sample. All the contents needed for testing are in the package. The patented process of sperm detection is made possible by a protein, found exclusively in the head of mature sperm.
In just 10 minutes, the results indicate a normal (positive result) or below normal (negative result) sperm count. An explanation of how to read the results is provided in the insert of the SpermCheck® Fertility package, or by clicking here.
A: A positive result (two lines) indicates that sperm count is at least 20 million per milliliter, a level that is considered “normal” male fertility levels. A positive sperm count test result by itself does not prove that the man is fertile, since there are other factors that can influence a man’s ability to father a child, however, it will give indication that sperm count is not the issue (and that is, by far, the most common male infertility issue). If you have ruled out sperm count as the issue, and are still unable to conceive a baby after six months, both the male and female should have full fertility evaluations by a physician, even if your SpermCheck® Fertility test result was positive.
A: A negative (one line) result indicates that sperm count is less than 20 million per milliliter, which would likely create conception issues. However, some men with sperm counts below this level are still able to father a baby naturally. It is also important to understand that sperm count can vary from day to day, or improve with lifestyle changes, so it is possible that you might get a positive result if you were to wait a while and take the test again. You should consult a physician if your sperm count test result is negative, particularly on subsequent SpermCheck® Fertility home tests.
A: Each year 11 million couples will try to have a baby, and about 7 million of those couples will have fertility issues. About 50% of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male, and most of them are mainly due to low sperm count. However, only 20% of these infertile couples will have the male’s fertility status assessed.
A: In some cases, sperm count may increase if an underlying condition can be identified and treated. However, the following dietary and lifestyle changes can also help a man increase his sperm count:
A: If you have a negative result on the SpermCheck® Fertility test, either once or on a subsequent test, speak to your physician. Additionally, experts base their advice for when to seek treatment on the woman’s age and how long you’ve been having unprotected sex:
Age 35 or younger: see your physician (gynecologist, general practitioner, urologist) if you haven’t conceived after 10 to 12 months. A year can seem like a long time, but most younger couples will conceive within a year of trying if there are no other issues.
Age 35 or older (or have a history of fertility problems), see your physician after six months of trying.
You may still be able to get pregnant, but it may take longer, so don’t delay getting help.