FAQs on SwimCount's male fertility test

How soon will I receive my test?
    • Providing you place your order online before 2pm Monday to Friday we will dispatch your order the same day in plain packaging. You can select complimentary Free Delivery with Royal Mail Second Class Post which takes 3 to 5 working days. Alternatively, if you wish to receive your order quicker you may upgrade to Royal Mail First Class for an additional £4.95.
    How do I contact you about my order or if I need help?
      • You can contact SwimCount™ in the UK by phone on Freephone 0800 612 7531 (Monday to Friday 9am  to 5pm) or through our Contact Page, Twitter or Facebook anytime.
      • We are always pleased to help but please remember that it is unethical for us to provide any medical advice.
      Where is SwimCount™ in the UK?
        • SwimCount is distributed in the UK by JRBiomedical Ltd. Our admin, research and distribution facilities are based in North Wales.

        How does the SwimCount™ Test work?

        • There are three chambers in the device. Only motile sperm cells can swim from chamber no. 1 (Sample Chamber) into chamber no. 2 (Separation Chamber). The motile sperm cells get stained with a dye in chamber no. 2, which produces the colour in chamber no. 3 (Detection and Result Window). The more motile sperm cells in the semen sample, the darker the colour in the Detection and Result Window.
        How do I use the SwimCount™ Test?
          • Please watch the video below with Instructions For Use:


          • You can also download the full Instructions for Use here
          How do I read the result?
            How accurate is SwimCount™?
              • SwimCount™has a sensitivity of 96% and specificity of 91%. This means that if the test shows that your sperm have more than 5 million motile sperm cells, it is 96% likely that the test result is correct. If the test shows that your sperm have less than 5 million motile sperm cells per ml., it is 91% likely that the result is correct.

              Has SwimCount™ been approved by authorities?

              Yes, SwimCount™ is approved by the following authorities.

              • SwimCount™ has as of 29th May 2015 been granted the CE certificate for sales in the entire European Union. The certificate is issued by The British Standards Institution. 
              • SwimCount™ has as of June 27th 2019 received an FDA 510(k) Clearance for sales in the U.S. 
              • Among others SwimCount™ has also been certified to sell in Brazil (ANVISA) and in Saudi Arabia (SFDA)

              Why is SwimCount™ better than the other test kits already available on the market?
                • SwimCount™ is the only home test able to measure the concentration of progressive and motile sperm cells which are necessary to make a woman pregnant.

                Are there any factors, I should be aware of, that can destroy the test result?
                • Yes, the following can destroy the result:
                • Making the test too close after the last time ejaculation.
                • If there is not exactly 0,5 ml. of the semen sample collected in the syringe.
                • Not keeping the device steady on a horizontal surface throughout the test.
                • If there are bubbles in the sperm when put into the device.
                • If the device is shaken.

                How long time will the result be staying in the device?

                • The test result must be read within 5 minutes after pulling back the slider. The result might be biased if left for too long. It is recommended to take a picture for documentation within 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the test result will not be valid.

                Is there anything I can do to improve my sperm motility count?

                • The following may help to improve your sperm quality:
                • Stop taking anabolic steroids. Male fertility often returns to normal once use of steroids is discontinued. But do not stop taking any prescribed medication without consulting your doctor.
                • Take showers instead of hot baths. Long, hot baths may impact your sperm quality.
                • It is always worth taking care of yourself and factors like eating healthy, exercising regularly, quit smoking and reducing alcohol consumption will improve your health.


                If you have any further questions, please contact us at info@swimcount.com