Yes! Sperm Concentrate Test Kit
A low sperm concentration would indicate you have less likelihood of conception. If you get a low result, then see your doctor to discuss what can be done to increase your sperm.
Before testing, it is important that you refrain from any sexual activity for 3-7 days. This ensures that the volume and quality of sperm is at its peak and an accurate determination of sperm concentration.
Shake the collection container to ensure the powder is at the bottom before starting collection.
2. Take care not to contaminate the sperm by letting it come in to contact with hands or tissues or any other materials.
4. Remove the test panel from the foil pouch and lay it horizontally on a flat surface. Using the dropper provided in the foil pouch, dispense one drop of semen into test well marked “A”.
5. Once the semen is dropped into well “A”, add three drops of the blue staining solution to test well “A”. Let it soak for 1-2 minutes.
6. Now add two drops of the transparent washing solution to test well “A”, and let it soak for 1-2 minutes, and then read the results immediately.
7. Read the colour of test well “A”, comparing the colour of test well A to reference well B. The darker the colour of well A, the higher the sperm concentration.
Reading the Results
NOTE: If well A is colourless, it means the sperm concentration is less than 5 million/ml or zero. This condition is known as azoospermia.
If you are unsure of the result or you feel the result is abnormal you should repeat the test using the second test that is included in the pack but make sure you do not ejaculate through any sexual activity for 6 days before carrying out the second test. If the second test is also abnormal, you should discuss the results with your doctor or medical professional.
Sperm concentration is just one of the important tests for fertility. But other tests of semen like motility and morphology as well as ovulation in females are also important. For the cases of infertility, it is recommended that other tests are also taken in consideration.
Why is the timing of the tests so important?
The fresh semen is viscous (sticky or gummy), and normal semen needs to be incubated for 30-60 minutes at 37°C to liquefy completely. Only in liquid state, can the semen be used for the test, because the viscous semen cannot completely pass the membrane of the test well. The powder at bottom of the semen collection cup can make the semen liquefy quickly within 15 minutes. If the storage time of sperm specimen is too long, it may cause lysis of sperm (breaking down of membrane of the cell), which may affect accuracy of the results.
How long does the semen and staining solution need to be in the test well?
In general, they may pass the membrane of the test well within several seconds, if they cannot pass the membrane completely after 5 minutes, which shows that the semen has not liquefied completely, or density of the sperm is too high, then you should repeat the test. The reasons of semen non-liquefaction may be that the enzyme in the semen collection cup becomes invalid or the user does not use the semen cup correctly or there is some other cup used for semen collection.
Are the solutions used for test safe?
The concentration of the staining fluid is less than 10ug/ml and therefore is very dilute and will not cause harm.
Does an abnormal result mean I can’t have children?
What can cause a wrong test result?
Any mistake in collecting the sample, such as having sex just before doing the test, or not following the times required during the test could lead to incorrect results.