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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.
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.
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:
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.
The following may help to improve your sperm quality:
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.