We’re developing tests to support men in assessing sperm health so we’ll let you know when it’s ready.
Your first step is to get smart about sperm health. You may be surprised to know female factors account for approximately 40% of trouble conceiving, so less than half, which means sperm accounts for over 50%! Good news is men regenerate sperm every 2 ½ – 3 months and you can improve your sperm health. Read more in our sperm health module here – Super Sperm Health
If you’re ready to test you can:
- Ask your GP – if you have been trying for more than 1 year your GP can prescribe a test through the NHS for free.
- Visit a private clinic – visit a private clinic such as The London Doctor’s Clinic to conduct a comprehensive semen analysis
You can buy at home test kits at many pharmacies. However be aware that
- although research by the manufacturers suggests these tests can give an accurate indication of sperm count, they haven’t been extensively studied
- some home-testing kits classify a low sperm count as under 20 million sperm per millilitre of semen, but more recent international guidelines state that anything above 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen is normal
- some kits only check the number of sperm, not other things that can affect fertility such as how well the sperm are able to move (motility) – it’s best to use a kit that measures both these things
While these tests might sometimes give a useful indication of sperm health, they may also give you false reassurance or may suggest your sperm count is low when it’s actually perfectly normal. So it’s better to see your GP or visit a clinic to conduct a proper semen analysis at an accredited laboratory.
If you have any more questions about sperm health or semen testing drop a message to your Adia Coach!
For more on sperm health check out our blog post here – “Ready, set, sperm – everything you need to know about getting sperm ready for action”