SwimCount Sperm Quality Test

How to use a SwimCount Sperm Quality Test

SwimCount FAQs

Where can I see a copy of the instructions?

You can also download the full instruction leaflet here

Why is SwimCount more reliable than most other sperm test kits?

Unlike most sperm testing kits, which only detect sperm cells, including healthy, non-motile and defective cells, SwimCount measures the number of progressive motile sperm cells (PMSCs), as these are the only type of sperm cells that can make a woman pregnant.

How does the SwimCount Test work?

There are three chambers in the device. Only progressive motile sperm cells (PMSCs) can swim from chamber 1 (sample chamber) into chamber 2 (Separation Chamber). The PMSCs get stained with a blue dye in chamber 2, which produces the colour in chamber 3 (Detection and Result Window). The more PMSCs in the semen sample, the darker the colour in the detection and result window. A PMSC is the only sperm cell that can fertilize an egg and make a woman pregnant.

How do I read the result?

It is easy to read your result. Just compare the intensity of the blue colour for your result with the colour chart on the device. This will show whether your sperm quality is good or not.

Are there any factors that I should be aware of that can invalidate the test result?

Yes, the following can invalidate your result:

  • Taking the test too soon after your last ejaculation, which should be at least 2 days after, but not more than 5 days
  • If you do not add exactly 0.5mL
  • Not keeping the device steady on a horizontal surface, such as a table, throughout the procedure
  • If there are bubbles in the sperm when put into the device
  • Do not lift or shake the device when it is working

How long time will the result remain readable?

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 progressive motile sperm 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

How accurate is SwimCount?

  • Overall accuracy 96%
  • Sensitivity of 98%
  • Specificity of 95%

Why is SwimCount better than the other test kits already available on the market?

SwimCount is the only home test that is able to measure the concentration of progressive motile sperm cells which are the only sperm cells that can fertilize an egg and  make a woman pregnant. SwimCount does not just measure your total count of sperm cells but is able to discriminate between the good and useable/progressive sperm cells, from the rest, and is therefore a more reliable predictor of  your fertility potential.

Has SwimCount™ been approved by the authorities?

Yes, SwimCount is approved by the following authorities.
  • SwimCount has as of May 29th 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)