We have compiled a list of the most common questions we are asked about male fertility and about using home fertility test kits to check sperm count and motility
What is the normal sperm count for a healthy man?
How common is male infertility?
How do you find out what your sperm count is?
How often should I test my fertility?
How to check sperm count at home?
How do I test my sperm motility at home?
How accurate are home male fertility tests?
How do you do the test kit?
How much is a male fertility test kit to buy in the UK?
What do I do if my sperm count comes back as low when I use the home test kit?
If you have not been trying very long, then repeat the test in 2 weeks. Also look at environmental or lifestyle issues that may be affecting your sperm count.
Consider using Pre-Seed lubricant
What do I do if my second home sperm count comes back low?
What can I do to increase my sperm count?
-Give up smoking
-Lose weight if you are overweight
-Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and veg
-Avoid over warming of the genital area ie keep laptop off lap, do not carry a mobile phone in pocket, wear loose boxers, avoid skinny or tight jeans. Overheating damages sperm and can reduce sperm count.
-Avoid hot baths, saunas, and hot tubs. The heat can reduce sperm count. Sperm are very heat sensitive.
-Health issues-do you have a varicocele ( varicose vein on testicle ) as this can overheat the testicles. See GP or family doctor if you do.
-Consider taking a vitamin supplement that is designed specifically for men or one that is designed for male fertility such as Proxeed or Wellmann Conception.
-Exercise sensibly & moderately, but don’t overdo it. Overtraining can reduce sperm count.
-Avoid intense cycling as this can reduce sperm count
-If you are underweight then gaining weight to a healthy level may help
-Eat red food- a recent study has shown that Lycopene can which is present in red fruits such as strawberries and cherries, and red vegetables such as tomatoes and red peppers can increase sperm count.
-Watch your coffee intake. Some coffee may be good for sperm motility, but too much coffee can damage sperm.
-Watch your stress levels-stress may be a factor accounting for falling sperm counts in the west
-Environmental factors-do you work with any chemicals that could be causing a problem?