FertilCount

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Introduction

Our FertilCount Male Fertility test is a rapid diagnostic test of sperm concentration in semen. Our FertilCount Male Fertility test kit will allow a man to test his fertility potential, privately and discreetly in his own home.

Key benefits

99% accurate
Results in 15 minutes
Easy to use
A two test kit pack.

Also available within our couples pack, FertilTests.

Sperm counts are falling in the western world and it is not currently known why.

Sperm count is widely recognised as the major indicator of the fertility in men. The threshold definition (cut off point) of male infertility has now been set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at a sperm concentration of 15 million sperm per mL of sperm.

This means that Male Fertility Tests with cut off values above 15 ml/ml may no longer be considered ‘State of the Art’ by the MHRA.

Our FertilCount Male Fertility test kits are a unique home test that will indicate if a man’s sperm concentration is greater or less than 15 million sperm per mL of sperm.

A positive result is likely to be good news although not proof of fertility. A negative result suggests that the man should consult with his doctor as he is close to being sub-fertile, which is not all bad news, because it does at least save a couple months of trying for a baby when there maybe issues to resolve.

Testing for low sperm count in men, how does it work?

FertilCount™ Male Fertility test cassette works by staining the sperm cells (DNA) in a semen sample to produce a blue colour. The more sperm cells that are stained in the sample then the darker the ‘test well’ becomes. Clinical trials have rated our babystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test to have a 97% ACCURACY of identifying whether a sample is above or below the cut off point of the device, 15 million per mL of sperm.

Who should use FertilCount?

A sensible decision for any man planning a pregnancy with their partner, is to test their sperm count.
1. First collect a semen sample. The semen sample may be collected by masturbation directly into the plastic liquefaction cup provided.

2. Once the semen sample is in the plastic cup, place the lid on the cup and gently swirl the contents of the cup for at least 10 times around the cup. Wait at least 15 minutes but not longer than 12 hours before testing the sample. Just before testing, swirl the cup contents around several times more.

3. Open the re-sealable pouch by tearing or cutting at the notches. Remove the contents and place a test cassette on a flat surface with the sample wells facing upwards.

4. Swirl the plastic cup before removing the lid. Hold and squeeze the plastic dropper at its midpoint.

5. Place the angled tip into the semen sample and release the pressure slowly. As you do this semen will be drawn into the dropper.

6. By gently squeezing the dropper add ONE drop of semen to the Test Well ‘T’, let the drop soak in for at least one minute.

7. Add TWO drops of BLUE solution to the same Test Well ‘T’. Let the drops soak in for at least one minute.

8. Add TWO drops of CLEAR solution to the TEST Well ‘T’. Let the drops soak in for at least one minute.

How to read the test results:

Compare the colour intensity of Test Well ‘T’ with the colour of Reference Well ‘R”.

POSITIVE TEST: will be indicated if the colour seen in Test Well ‘T’ is the same as or greater than Reference Well R. This means the sperm count is equal to or greater than 15 million per ml.

NEGATIVE TEST: will be indicated if the colour in the Test Well ‘T’ is less than the colour in the Reference Well ‘R’. This means the sperm count is less than 15 million per ml.

If you are unsure of the results of the test, take a second test. The second test should not be repeated until at least 3 days later but not more than 7 days after the first test. If both tests are positive then your sperm count is equal to or greater than 15 million per mL. However, if either or both of the tests were negative then we recommend you consult your doctor with a view to having a full semen analysis performed.
1. How does the FertilCount test kit work?
The FertilCount test kit works by staining the sperm cells in a semen sample to produce a blue colour. The more sperm cells that are stained in the sample then the darker the ‘test well’ becomes.

2. I am aware that there are many other factors other than sperm concentration involved in male fertility, so why should I buy this kit?
The FertilCount test kit offers you the option to test in the privacy of your own home. Sperm concentration is one of the critical determinants of male infertility, and this test is a useful indicator. Although, these home testing kits do not replace the tests done in a laboratory, they can be a good starting point, especially if you are feeling a little embarrassed.

3. There are small flakes at the bottom of the cup, should I still use the cup?
Yes, there is no need to remove the flakes. When the semen sample is added to the cup the flakes will be absorbed and will help the sample to liquify.

4. Does it matter how much semen is added to the Test well?
Yes, you must only add the number of drops that it tells you to in the instructions.

5. I made a mistake using the first test. What should I do?
It is best to start again using a new test.

6. A blue colour appeared after adding the blue dye solution to the Test well, but before the clear wash solution was added. Does this mean that the test is positive?
Not necessarily. Complete the test using the clear solution before comparing colours in the Test well labelled ‘T’ and Reference wells labelled ‘R’.

7. How long should it take for the semen or solutions to drain through the filter?
It usually takes just seconds. If it takes longer than 5 minutes the semen may not have liquified enough and the semen sample is too thick. You will need to repeat the test using a new semen sample.

8. Should I do two tests, or will a single test be enough?
A single test is useful, but two tests will give you’re a greater assurance.

9. How long should I wait between tests?
You should wait at least 3 days after ejaculating before you collect semen for testing. For best results you should do the second test between 3 days later but no more than 7 days later.

10. Does a positive test result mean I am fertile?
Not necessarily. A low sperm count isn’t the only factor that indicates infertility, and these tests are not fool proof. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your Doctor.

11. Does a negative test result mean I am infertile?
If you get a negative result, please don’t panic. A low sperm count may be a temporary issue or another issue that may not affect your fertility. If you do get a negative result, please discuss this with your Doctor who may want to arrange some further tests for you.

12. Does medication affect test results?
Certain medication may affect sperm concentration and viscosity. If you are on any medication, please discuss this with your Doctor before doing the test.

Warnings

Please allow three days since your last ejaculation before using FertilCount. Do not open the foil pouch until you are ready to begin testing. Do not re-use. Do not use if the foil pouch is torn or damaged. Do not perform the test after the expiry data on the foil pack. For self-test use. Store in a cool, dry place (4-30°C). Do not freeze. Do not reuse. Colour blindness and improper lighting may affect the interpretation of the test results. This kit does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. A negative test does not necessarily indicate infertility and should not be used to determine if contraception is required. Consult your doctor before making any medical decisions. For in vitro diagnostic use only (not for internal use). Keep out of the reach of children.

We go to great efforts to ensure that the information on this page is accurate at the time that the page was last edited. However, you should always check product labelling, warnings, and directions provided with the product that is delivered, prior to use.