If you think you may have a low sperm count, you may have lots of questions you'd like answering. Read our questions and answers from SpermCheck® Fertility, to see if we can help.
Q: Why might I use SpermCheck® Fertility?
SpermCheck® Fertility can help take some of the guessing out of the conception process and help you understand any potential issues from an early stage.
Q: What does a positive SpermCheck® Fertility result mean?
A positive result (two lines) indicates that your sperm count is at least 20 million per millilitre, a level that is considered within normal limits. A positive sperm count test result by itself does not guarantee fertility as there are other factors that can influence a man's fertility, however, it will give indication that sperm count is not an issue.
If you are still unable to conceive a baby after 12 months if the woman is under 35 years old or six months if the woman is over 35 years old, both the male and female of the couple should have full fertility evaluations by a professional, even if your SpermCheck® Fertility test result was positive.
Q: How do I read the test results?
Positive Test Result: Seeing a Test Line (at the T Position) in the results window indicates your sperm count is at least 20 million per millilitre. About 90 per cent of fertile men have sperm counts above 20 million per millilitre, and a positive test result indicates that your sperm counts are at the level needed for conception.
Negative Test Result: If you do not see a Test Line (at the T position) in the results window, this indicates your sperm count is less than 20 million per millilitre. On average, 10 per cent of fertile men have sperm counts below the 20 million per millilitre mark.
A negative test is not definitive - consider consulting a Boots pharmacist or your GP about the test results and further sperm analysis, especially if you and your partner have been trying for a baby without success.
There are some simple lifestyle changes that may also have a positive impact on your sperm count. To learn more about how to help increase sperm count, consider tips to increasing your sperm count.
Invalid Test Result: If you do not see a Control Line (at the C position) in the results 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 seven days after your last ejaculation to retest.
Q: What does a negative SpermCheck® Fertility result mean?
A negative (one line) result indicates that sperm count is less than 20 million per millilitre, 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, and can improve with lifestyle changes, so it may be possible to get a positive result if you were to wait a while and take the test again.
You should consult a healthcare professional if your SpermCheck® Fertility test result is negative, particularly on subsequent SpermCheck® fertility home tests.
Q: Is having a low sperm count common?
A low sperm count is surprisingly common. A common cause of fertility issues is age, yet 64 per cent of babies are now born to fathers aged over 30.
Each year, 3.5 million couples trying to have a baby will have fertility issues. Between 40 and 50 per cent of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male, and the majority of these are due to low sperm count.
Q: How can I increase sperm count naturally?
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 increase sperm count:
Q: When should I see a doctor about male infertility?
If you have a negative result on the SpermCheck® Fertility test, either once or on a subsequent test, speak to a Boots pharmacist or your GP.
There is also advice available about when to seek treatment, depending on the woman's age and how long you've been having unprotected sex:
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