Our Male Fertility Test in the UK
Our procedure for carrying out a male fertility test (also called a Male Fertility Assessment) in the UK will offer you everything you need in the way of comfort and understanding, at a time which may be difficult for both you and your partner. You may also rest assured that you will receive accurate results, and be consulted at every stage of your journey to becoming a parent.
The process is most suitable for patients looking to go ahead with treatment, or for those who are only looking to assess their fertility.
Read on to find out more about what GENNET City Fertility can offer you in terms of male fertility tests and assessments.
What is a Male Fertility Test?
A male fertility test or assessment is exactly as it sounds ‒ an assessment of the male partner’s sperm fertility. Often, there will be more than one underlying cause behind a couple’s fertility problems, so it’s always best to consult with a professional and try a number of different tests to determine the cause of infertility.
When You Should Consider Getting a Male Fertility Test
According to the NHS, if you haven’t managed to conceive after a year of trying for a baby, you may wish to consider getting a fertility check.
It is also best to consult a professional after trying out male fertility testing kits at home, as even though manufacturers have carried out research to make sure the tests are accurate, the tests themselves have not been extensively studied.
Depending on the home test kit you use, you may only be checking the number of sperm in a sample as well, when other problems with sperm (such as motility) may be affecting fertility.
Recent international guidelines have also stated that any sperm count above 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen is normal, whereas some home tests may indicate that you have a low sperm count if you have under 20 million sperm per millilitre.
How We Perform Fertility Tests for Men
Our own Male Fertility Assessment is relatively straightforward. The first step involved will be the semen assessment. This semen analysis test is a measure of a man’s sperm count, motility, and morphology. Patients will be required to abstain from intercourse, or any other form of ejaculation, for 2-4 days prior to the scheduled appointment.
Any sample of semen taken will be produced via masturbation, in the privacy of one of our rooms at the clinic.
When we collect the semen sample, we will test it for a number of different parameters and possible factors that could indicate a problem or even male infertility. These parameters will include how much sperm you produce in a semen sample (the sperm count), the sperm’s ability to move and the percentage of sperm cells that move (the motility), and the percentage of sperm with a normal form (the morphology).
Performing these tests will help us to predict the chances of natural conception, or give an indication of underlying issues which may be causing fertility problems.
Having Your Test Results Explained
The second step in the sperm fertility test will come when we inform you of your results. This will be done either by email or over the phone, with one of our Fertility Specialists explaining the results of the sperm fertility test to you. They will then be able to talk you through any potential changes to your lifestyle which may have an impact on your fertility and chances of successfully conceiving.
GENNET City Fertility’s One Stop Male Fertility Clinic
If you would prefer a more comprehensive examination and would like test results explained sooner, you may also consider booking a package session in our One Stop Male Fertility Clinic. This is a 45-60 minute session run by our Head Urologist and Andrologist, Mr Raheem, and will offer the same scans and the same treatment, based on the results of the tests carried out.
The assessment will include:
- A scrotal scan (which helps to exclude testis cancer)
- A semen assessment, as you would receive with a Male Fertility Assessment
- Consultation with a specialist Urologist and Andrologist
After this time, the specialist will also be able to offer you general advice and recommendations based on your results, including lifestyle modifications where necessary to improve your chances of conceiving naturally.
This clinic is run weekly, and we encourage those who might not have otherwise thought about their own fertility and chances of conceiving to consider attending. To find out more, or to book your own package at our London fertility clinic, please see our One Stop Male Fertility Clinic page.
How Much Our Fertility Tests Cost
A Male Fertility Assessment from our private clinic in London will cost £185. This will include the extended semen assessment (the sperm analysis and fertility check) and the follow-up consultation that you’ll have with one of our specialists after the test has been conducted.
If you are interested in attending the One Stop Male Fertility Clinic, you should note that this will cost £290. This may seem a lot more than simply having a Male Fertility Assessment carried out, but it will come with everything you need to make an informed decision about your fertility and what you can do to increase your chances of conceiving.
Our accepted payment methods for this process are debit and credit cards (American Express only up to £750 per invoice) and bank transfers. We will be happy to provide more information and detail on the cost and payment terms when you first visit us, so there is no need to worry about it before your consultation.
Why Performing Male Fertility Tests is Important
It is always best for both partners to seek advice and assessment when having trouble conceiving. Often, the male partner in a relationship is overlooked for assessment when seeking fertility treatment. They may only be asked to provide a semen sample for IVF treatment, with no further action taken.
Up to 7% of men may be found to have fertility problems and a male factor is present in 50% of couples seeking fertility treatment. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that conception is impossible. By performing a fertility check, you may be allowing:
- Treatment of some conditions, which may allow you and your partner to conceive naturally
- Diagnosis of diseases which, in addition to causing issues with infertility, may also have a serious negative impact on your health or the health of your male partner. These include hormonal problems, or even testis cancer
- Diagnosis of genetic disorders which may cause birth defects as well as infertility
- The improved success rate of IVF treatment
- The downgrade of fertility treatment, as by improving semen parameters you and your partner may be able to conceive via artificial insemination instead of IVF
Further Semen Tests
After careful assessment by the fertility specialist, it may be decided that further, more specialised tests should be conducted. These include tests on semen culture, which help to exclude chronic infections, and sperm DNA fragmentation, which checks up on the health of the sperm DNA.
Will a Blood Test be Conducted?
Private clinics may choose to offer blood tests for male patients and a check on hormone levels as part of the treatment. The blood test results in particular can often reveal whether there are subtle changes in the Y chromosome. These may be a sign of a genetic abnormality, and further genetic tests may then be ordered to make a full diagnosis.
At GENNET City Fertility, we may request blood tests for male patients if our specialist deems it necessary.
These are conducted to check on your hormone levels and your genetic profile, with the blood test results helping us to determine if there is an issue with your ability to conceive. This is because men with decreased levels of fertility are also more likely to have hormonal and genetic issues than the general population, and these may not only have a negative impact on the health of the father but may also affect any child or children born to them, either naturally or as a result of IVF treatment.
Further blood tests for male patients that we will perform include hormonal and genetic tests and screenings.
Our hormonal tests include checks on:
- Total testosterone
Our genetic tests include checks on:
- Y chromosome microdeletions
Genetic test results may also be able to tell us if a patient has cystic fibrosis.
Contact Us Today to Book a Consultation
If you know you are ready to expand your family but feel as though you may need help getting started on the journey, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can book you in for a free initial conversation and consultation with a specialist at our private clinic in London, and may soon see you moving on to the next stage of bringing a new life into the world.
You may also wish to consider booking a session at our One Stop Male Fertility Clinic, as this package offering can provide you with everything you need to know about your fertility and chances of conceiving naturally. From these results, our specialist will be able to guide you through the next steps on your journey to parenthood.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Get a Male Fertility Test in the UK?
There are several options available to those looking for male sperm fertility tests in the UK. The most straightforward route most will choose to take is attending an appointment with their local GP. Once the patient has explained what they feel is the problem, the doctor will then be able to request a semen analysis.
As you may be expected to wait on the NHS, you can also choose to come to a private clinic, such as GENNET City Fertility, to have a consultation with a specialist and to have a Male Fertility Assessment carried out.
There are also home testing kits available from chemists and other sources. These can be bought and conducted at home as and when you choose.
How Long do Male Fertility Test Results Take?
The test results from a male sperm fertility test conducted at a professional clinic or at the request of your doctor should normally take about a week to be available. If the results are not exactly as expected, the test should then be repeated in order to ensure complete accuracy. This will normally be performed 3 months after the first test has taken place.
If you had this test carried out through your local GP they will be able to refer you to a specialist at an NHS hospital, or a trusted fertility clinic, if any problems are found.
You may always rest assured that we will inform you of your results as soon as they are available at our clinic.
A male sperm fertility test kit taken at home can have results back to you in as little as 30 minutes.
What is the Best Test Kit for Male Fertility?
Technically speaking, there is no “best” test kit for male fertility. If you intend to take a home test in order to get a reading about your sperm, the best test kit for you will be the one which offers everything you need to know. However, even the latest kits will not be able to tell you if you are fertile or not. They simply cannot test every factor which may play a role in male infertility.
This is why you should always seek advice from a specialist if you need test results explained, or if you would like an in-depth analysis of what may be causing problems with your ability to conceive.