Why do I need this test?
The male must produce a sufficient number of normal, actively moving sperm in order to achieve conception and according to the World Health Organisation a man needs 15 million sperm per mL to be considered fertile. Thebabystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test will tell you whether the sperm concentration in the test sample is below 15 million/mL motile sperm (negative test) or above 15 million/mL motile sperm (positive test). A positive result is going to be good news although it’s not proof of fertility. A negative result is not all bad news because it saves you months of trying to have a baby – in this case we suggest you get along to the doctor for professional help and advice.
This test can help to identify the potential of male fertility in the privacy of your home.
BabyStart – FertilCount Test – 1 Test Pack
Testing for low sperm count in men, how does it work?
The babystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test cassette simply works by staining the sperm cells (DNA) in a semen sample to produce a blue colour. The more sperm cells that are stained in the sample then the darker the ‘test well’ becomes.
Clinical trials have rated our babystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test to have a 97% ACCURACY of identifying whether a sample is above or below the WHO cut off point for fertility, 15 million per mL of sperm.
Simple and discreet;
- First collect a semen sample. The semen sample can be collected directly into the plastic liquefaction cup provided.
- Once the semen sample is in the plastic cup, place the lid on the cup and gently swirl the contents of the cup for at least 10 times around the cup. Wait at least 15 minutes but not longer than 12 hours before testing the sample. Just before testing, swirl the cup contents around several times more.
- Open the re-sealable pouch by tearing or cutting at the notches. Remove the contents and place a test cassette on a flat surface with the sample wells facing upwards.
- Swirl the plastic cup before removing the lid. Hold and squeeze the plastic dropper at its midpoint. Place the angled tip into the semen sample and release the pressure slowly. As you do this semen will be drawn into the dropper.
- By gently squeezing the dropper add ONE drop of semen to the Test Well, let the drop soak in for at least one minute.
Add TWO drops of BLUE solution to the same Test Well B. Let the drops soak in for at least one minute.
- Add TWO drops of CLEAR solution to the TEST Well B. Let the drops soak in for at least one minute.
READ the test results within 5 minutes of this step.
Reading the TEST Results:
- Compare the colour intensity of Test Well B with the colour of Well A (Reference Well).
- POSITIVE TEST: will be indicated if the colour seen in Test well A is the same as or greater than Reference Well A. This means the sperm count is equal to or greater than 15 million per mL.
- NEGATIVE TEST: will be indicated if the colour in the Test Well B is less than the colour in the Reference Well A. This means the sperm count is less than 15 million per mL.
If you are unsure of the results of the test, take a second test. The second test should not be repeated until at least 3 days later but not more than 7 days after the first test.
If both tests were positive then your sperm count is equal to or greater than 15 million per mL. However, if either or both of the tests were negative then we recommend you consult your doctor with a view to having a full semen analysis performed.
Female Fertility Test
Why do I need this test?
The hormone F.S.H. can be raised in women with irregular periods and will steadily rise as a woman gets older. As menopause approaches the levels get particularly high and act as an early warning system. With this test a negative result is going to be good news although its not proof of fertility. A positive test result suggests your fertility is reduced and we recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the results and perhaps have more tests done.
When do you use the Test ?
The first morning urine is recommended because it contains the highest levels of F.S.H. Testing at any other time of the day may give false negative test results.
How do you use the Test?
- Read all instructions carefully before performing the test.
- Do not use after the expiration date on the foil pouch.
- Store in a dry place place, do not freeze.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Do not open the foil pouch until you are ready to begin testing.
- Do not use if the foil pouch has been opened or damaged.
When to test
The test can be taken at any time during the month and then the second test should be taken 1 week later. We recommend that you test using first morning urine as it contains the most hormone and so will give a more accurate result.
- When ready to urinate remove the test stick from the foil pouch. Discard the foil packet.
- Remove the protective pink cap from the test stick to expose the absorbent tip. Do not throw the cap away.
- Hold the test stick by the thumb grip with the exposed absorbent tip pointing downwards and place directly into the urine stream for at least 10 seconds, until it is thoroughly wet. Do not urinate on the control or result window. If you prefer you may urinate into a clean cup then immerse the absorbent tip into the urine for 10-15 seconds.
- Remove the test from the urine stream and replace the protective cap over the wet absorbent tip.
- Lay the test stick on a clean, even surface with the viewing windows facing upwards, while you wait for the result. You may notice a pink colour moving across the windows as the test begins to work.
- Wait three minutes before reading the result.
- A pink/purple line should form in the small square window, this is the control window and indicates that the test is complete and working properly. If a line does not appear in the control window, the test is invalid.
Do not read the results after 10 minutes.
A pink/purple line in the circular window (test window) whose colour intensity is of equal or greater colour intensity (darker) than the line in the square window (control).
If only one coloured line appears in the square window (control) the result is negative. If a second band (the test band) appears below the first line, which is lighter than the first line, then the result is also negative.
If no coloured lines appear in either window or a line appears in the test window but not the control band then the test is invalid and you should repeat using a new test.
What should I do with my results?
If the test result is positive, repeat the test one week later using the second dipstick to confirm the result. F.S.H. elevates for short periods in normal cycles but it is the extended elevation of F.S.H., which could indicate pre-menopausal state. If the second test is also positive you should make an appointment to visit your doctor.
A positive result means that F.S.H. levels are high, this can be an indicator of a pre-menopausal state and if symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia and fatigue exist, you should discuss your results and symptoms with your doctor.
A Negative Test result indicates that your F.S.H. levels are not raised. However, if you do have irregular periods or any menopause-like symptoms we still recommend you see your doctor.