Everything You Need Know About Getting a Sperm Count Test
If you are male, or identify as non-binary or transgender but were born male, you may consider having a sperm count test carried out if you are concerned about your ability to conceive. Before you do, we have provided some information on everything you need to know about what a sperm test is, where you can get one in the UK, and what the different types will do for you.
Read on to learn more, or contact us today if you would like to have a consultation carried out by a professional as soon as possible.
What is a Sperm Count Test?
A male sperm count test is exactly as it sounds: it is a test which measures the amount of sperm per millilitre of semen collected. They are designed to give you an indication of whether or not you have a low sperm count.
Having a low sperm count can often be a reason behind fertility problems, as well as a sign of another issue (or issues) that may be taking place in the body. Therefore, if you feel that you may have a low sperm count the most productive step you can take is to talk to your doctor. They will then be able to refer you to a specialist, if necessary.
Getting a Sperm Count Test in the UK
Results for male sperm count tests can be obtained in two different ways in the UK. You can either purchase a home sperm count testing kit from your local pharmacy or chemist’s to complete in your own time, or you can have a full male fertility assessment (complete with semen analysis) carried out at a private clinic. We have provided information on both of these, so you can decide on the one which feels most comfortable for you at this moment in time.
How Do You Do a Sperm Count Test at Home?
In order to complete a home testing kit, you will first have to ejaculate into a container so that you can collect a semen sample. One will often be provided with the kit, as will a pipette or syringe that you can use to transfer a drop of the sample onto the test.
Home sperm count tests often work in the same way as home pregnancy tests, in that they detect a protein that is only found in a semen sample. Once the person carrying out the test has added a sample, it will then display the results on a strip of litmus paper, with a reading for a low sperm count as well as a normal count. From this, you will be able to see whether or not you may have a lower number of sperm than usually expected.
Typically, you can expect to see the results of a home test kit displayed on the paper within a few minutes.
Is Home Testing Useful?
Home male sperm count tests are quick and cost-effective if you have not yet budgeted for fertility treatment services, but there are lingering questions over whether or not they are useful to carry out. They do not offer any more information other than an indication of whether or not your sperm count is low, which may or may not even be accurate. Many will give a reading that classifies any sample count under 20 million sperm per millilitre as low, when more recent research indicates that any amount above 15 million sperm per millilitre is normal.
Kits are also more likely to only check the number of sperm present in your sample. They cannot necessarily give an indication of other factors which play a role in determining sperm quality, including their motility (their ability to move) and their morphology (shape). As such, while a home kit may be able to tell you if you have a lower sperm count than some others, they will not necessarily have all the information available to tell you if you are fertile.
If you are beginning to suspect that you have a fertility issue or considering fertility preservation, it will be in your best interests to speak to your doctor, or to contact a private clinic independently. A specialist will always be able to provide you with more information than a kit you have completed on your own at home, while also clarifying anything that may be unclear.
Getting a Male Sperm Count Test at a Private Clinic
By choosing to book an appointment with GENNET City Fertility at our private clinic in London, UK, you will be gaining access to our range of male fertility tests and investigations. From these, you will be able to pick the one you feel most comfortable undergoing, whether you are looking to continue your journey on the road to becoming a parent, or even if you are simply interested in taking care of your health and future ability to conceive.
Our Male Fertility Assessment
The Male Fertility Assessment is a straightforward procedure for those looking to assess their fertility and to rule out problems with sperm.
The procedure will involve a semen assessment, which measures a patient’s sperm count, as well as the quality of the sperm in terms of morphology and motility. Testing these should help our specialists to pinpoint factors that could indicate male infertility or the presence of underlying issues, as well as predict your chances of conceiving naturally. Some patients may also require a testicular ultrasound.
Once your provided sample has been tested, you will be informed of the results either by email or over the phone. One of our fertility specialists will then take the time needed to explain what the test results mean, while offering any relevant advice on changes to your lifestyle that might improve your chances of conceiving.
The assessment will be carried out discreetly, and with all the care and understanding we know you need at a time that may be difficult. All samples will be produced via masturbation in the privacy of one of our rooms.
How Much Does This Fertility Testing Cost?
A Male Fertility Assessment at our clinic will cost £185, which includes the semen assessment itself and the follow-up consultation you will have with one of our specialists.
Our accepted payment methods for this procedure are credit and debit cards (American Express only up to £750 per invoice), and bank transfers. We will always discuss this with you in more depth before any assessments are carried out, so there is no need to worry about it before your first consultation.
Our Comprehensive Male Fertility Package
If you are interested in a quicker, more comprehensive package session, you may also think of attending our Comprehensive Male Fertility Package. These sessions are run by our Head Urologist and Andrologist, Mr Raheem, who will take you through the tests and assessments required in a shorter amount of time.
You may also be offered a precautionary scan (to rule out testis cancer), as well as advice and treatment, based on the results returned. A specialist will also take the time to carry out a consultation with you and offer recommendations that could help improve your chances of forming the family you want sooner.
Booking a slot in this weekly clinic will cost £290.
Our Couples’ Initial Consultation Package
If you and your partner are looking to start the journey to parenthood but feel as though you may need some assistance, our Couples’ Initial Consultation Package may be able to help you make the right choice on deciding where to begin.
This package offers the basic investigations (including blood tests and ultrasound scans) that you need in order to have IVF treatment or other assisted reproductive services at most private clinics. All screening tests will then be followed up with an hour-long consultation with an experienced doctor. They will be able to review your medical history, discuss your results, and answer any questions you may have.
A couple’s consultation package will cost £350.
Booking a Consultation with Us
When you know that you are ready to take the first step on the path to becoming a parent but also know you may need some assistance getting there, GENNET City Fertility will be ready and waiting to help. By contacting us, you will be able to arrange a free, 30-minute consultation with one of our considerate and understanding specialists, so you’ll have the chance to decide if our clinic is right for you before any tests or treatments are carried out.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our service. We are always glad to help those looking to improve or to look after their fertility and their health.