SwimCount works by measuring the number of sperm cells that can swim, specifically the progressive motile sperm cells. SwimCount is based on a completely new and patented technology invented by the Danish company MotilityCount ApS.
There are three chambers in the device. Only the progressive motile sperm cells can swim from Chamber 1 (Sample Chamber) to Chamber 2 (Separation Chamber). The progressive motile sperm cells are colored with a dye in Chamber 2, which produces the color in Chamber 3 (Detection and Result Window). The more progressive motile sperm cells in the semen sample, the darker the color in the detection and result window.
Produce a semen sample in the provided semen cup.
Add the semen sample to the SwimCount™ Test using the provided pipette.
After 30 minutes, you can see in the result window whether your sperm quality is above or below the WHO threshold for low/good sperm quality (5 million progressive motile sperm cells per milliliter).
SwimCount™ is 95% accurate (referred to as Accuracy Rate) compared to the result a fertility doctor would measure by analyzing your semen sample under a microscope.
If the result in SwimCount™ indicates low sperm quality, you should contact your doctor for further testing
Yes, the following can interfere with the result:
Taking the test too soon after your last ejaculation (should be at least 2 days but not more than 5 days) to achieve the best sperm quality.
Not collecting exactly 0.5 ml of semen sample in the syringe.
Failing to keep the device stable on a horizontal surface throughout the test.
Having bubbles in the semen sample when it is injected into the device.
Shaking the device.
SwimCount™ has an accuracy of 95%.
SwimCount™ has a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 91%. This means that if the test shows that your sperm has more than 5 million progressive motile sperm cells per ml, it is 96% likely that the test result is correct. If the test shows that your sperm has less than 5 million progressive motile sperm cells per ml, then it is 91% likely that the result is correct.
1: Quit smoking if you smoke. Smoking increases DNA damage in sperm cells, and heavy smokers have a 50% lower chance of getting their partner pregnant.
2: Exercise regularly. Exercise activates the body's antioxidants and helps counteract DNA damage in sperm cells.
3: Lose weight if you are overweight. Obesity can affect sperm production and reduce sperm quality in men. Additionally, being overweight also poses a greater risk of the man's sperm cells getting too much heat because his testicles are squeezed between the thighs. Heat also increases the risk of DNA damage.
4: Reduce alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases the risk of DNA damage and affects the quantity of sperm cells. If a man stops drinking alcohol or significantly reduces his intake, the results can be measured after three months. A Danish study with over 1000 young men showed that sperm quality deteriorates with 5 weekly units of alcohol. If the man consumed over 25 units per week, sperm quality was greatly reduced. Furthermore, alcohol can also cause impotence and decreased libido.
5: Use dietary supplements.
As soon as you and your partner decide that you want to conceive, we recommend starting to take SwimCount™ SpermCare.
It can be advantageous to start taking it 3 months prior to the desired conception, as sperm production takes approximately 3 months.