Male Fertility Tests
If you need to find out how fertile you are, a fertility test is the best way to get answers. For testing male fertility, you can use a sperm test kit. This test kit will check the health of your sperm, helping you to understand your fertility. We will also provide a detailed World Health Organisation (WHO) standard report with your results.
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The best way to check how fertile you are is with a fertility test, which will also help you understand and monitor your fertility levels. We currently provide a clinical grade sperm test as part of our male fertility testing service. This type of test measures the health of your sperm to give you a clearer picture of how fertile you are.
All you have to do is order a test kit, collect a sample of your sperm and send it to our laboratory, where we will test it and tell you:
- the volume of semen you produce
- your sperm count
- the motility and concentration of your sperm
- any abnormalities in your sperm, such as head or tail defects
IMPORTANT: You will need to arrange a courier to collect your sample yourself. This is free and included in the cost of your treatment. We make it easy and provide full instructions on how to do this.
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About fertility testing for men
Fertility testing can help you understand your chances of conceiving. A male fertility test can tell you more about your sperm health, such as your sperm count and the volume of semen you produce. It will also tell you about the motility of your sperm, meaning how fast and efficiently your sperm can move.
When taking your home sperm test, you will take a sample of your sperm which is then sent to a laboratory for testing. Sperm analysis can give you information on:
- the volume of semen
- the motility of your sperm, which is how fast and efficiently your sperm can move
- the quantity of sperm, which is the concentration and total number of spermatozoa (the cells that carry a man’s genetic material)
- the quality of your sperm, telling you how many of them look normal and how many abnormal
If your test detects an abnormality, our doctors can let you know where to get further advice and support. They can also give you advice on improving your sperm quality, which can improve your chances of conceiving.
You can use a male fertility test at any time you want to know more about your fertility levels. This could be if you and your partner are planning to start or expand your family. You can also test if you are actively trying to conceive and want to know more about your sperm count and health.
There are some lifestyle changes you can make which will help you improve the health of your sperm. These include:
- maintaining a healthy weight
- quitting smoking
- lowering your alcohol intake
- exercising regularly
- consuming a balanced diet
- reducing your stress levels
- avoiding catching an STI by practising safe sex and getting regular STI checks when changing sexual partners
Male infertility can be caused by many things, including:
- poor quality semen, such as low sperm count, sperm with poor motility, or abnormal sperm
- problems with your testicles, such as an infection, injury, or a medical condition
- a vasectomy, which is where the tubes that carry your sperm are cut and sealed
- ejaculation problems
- a side effect of some medications and drugs
- erectile dysfunction (ED)
- medical conditions, such as hypogonadism which is an abnormally low level of testosterone (the hormone that is responsible for making sperm) in your body
There is not always a clear explanation for infertility. According to the NHS, around 1 in 4 cases of infertility are unexplained, which means that the cause cannot be found in either partner.
There is also evidence to suggest a general decline in men’s reproductive health. Research published by Human Reproduction Update points to a 50 to 60% decline in sperm count between the years 1973 to 2011.
There are several options available for male infertility including:
- trying to conceive regularly at a time when your partner is most fertile
- IVF (in vitro fertilisation) which involves fertilising an egg in laboratory conditions before returning it to the woman’s womb to develop
- ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) which involves injecting a single sperm into an egg to fertilise
- donor insemination (DI), which is where donor sperm is used if you have infertility issues but your partner can conceive
- medications that can improve fertility in men, such as gonadotropins for increasing testosterone levels
- surgical procedures if you have a blockage or want to remove sperm to use later
- freezing your sperm at a younger age for use in the future, if you are considering starting a family over the age of 40
- lifestyle changes, including keeping a healthy weight, stopping smoking, cutting back on alcohol and stress, and eating a healthy diet
Male fertility testing from ZAVA comes with some added benefits:
- The report you will receive is thorough and analyses 22 different parameters, including morphology. This will give both you and a clinician a clear understanding of the analysis of your sample and the implications on fertility, rather than simply finding out whether your sperm count is low.
- Our test results are compliant to World Health Organisation standards. This is not always the case with many high street or smartphone tests.
- You get free, unlimited access to our doctors by messaging them via your patient account. Any questions or concerns you may have about the test, your results, or what comes next, will be answered without the need to book an appointment.
The table below shows the key differences between male fertility testing with our service and other common testing services.
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 16 Aug 2022
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