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 20 million sperm per mL to be considered fertile. The Test-Point Test Kit will tell you whether the sperm concentration in the test sample is below 20 million/mL motile sperm (negative test) or above 20 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.
One Step Male Fertility Test – 2 Test Pack
This kit, for sperm count detection (Colorimetric method), uses an inert glass fibre membrane with high water absorption and a pore size of less than 0.5um to filter the semen. Sperm cells will be trapped on the surface of the first layer of the membrane. A staining fluid quickly dyes the sperm cells, the darker the colour, the higher the sperm count on the filter membrane. By comparison with the reference colour (20million/ml specified by WHO) of Well B on the test cassette, we know that if the colour of the test well A is lighter than the colour of Well B, the sperm count is negative or low, and if the colour of the test well A is darker than the colour of Well B the sperm count is positive and high.
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 the test will then be an accurate determination of sperm count. Using masturbation, the semen should be expelled directly into a sperm collecting cup. The Test should then be carried out within a maximum of 2 hours. Once the test is carried out the result must be read within 5 minutes as the colour intensity of the test result will fade over time. As there are two tests you may like to photograph the test to compare results and also if you are unsure if the result is positive or negative. Some people have difficulty with colours and colour intensity and in these instances a photograph will help us (our contact details are below) confirm the result for you if you need to get in touch.
- Using masturbation expel the semen directly into the sperm collecting cup. Condoms should be avoided as many contain chemicals that may affect the result. The flakes at the bottom of the sperm collecting cup should NOT be removed (see FAQ’s).
- Gently shake the semen occasionally in the semen collecting cup and allow to stand for 15 minutes at room temperature until the semen becomes fluid. Do not use sperm that is longer than 12 hours old.
- Remove the test panel from the foil pouch and lay it horizontally on a flat surface. Using the pipette from within the foil pouch collect a sample of the semen and put three drops of semen into Sample Well marked “A”.
- Once the semen has soaked into Well “A” add one drop of the blue staining solution (the bottle is labelled with 2 blue bands) to the same Test Well “A” by gently squeezing the bottle. Let it soak for 1-2 minutes.
- Now add two drops of the transparent washing buffer (the bottle is labelled with 2 pink bands) to Test Well “A”, and let it soak for 1-2 minutes, and then read the results immediately.
- 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 count.
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.