When it comes to sperm not talking about it can mean that many couples having difficulty trying for a baby may be missing out on knowing about something that could improve their chances of having a baby... something that could help reduce the loss of valuable time and financial costs, and not least, emotional heartache, which can be hardest of all.
So, what is it that we want to say about sperm?
Most couples trying for a baby are probably all familiar with the term ‘sperm count’, which deals with the quantity of sperm.
However, what many know less about is sperm quality. Sperm DNA, is one of the most important factors when it comes to conceiving.
This sperm quality can be seriously affected by things like stress, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, obesity and other avoidable lifestyle factors. Even healthy sperm have some DNA damage, but it’s the amount of damage which matters.
When it comes to sperm quality, conventional semen analysis tells us little.
The SpermComet® is a much more sensitive test that can measure DNA damage in every single sperm.
Why is this so important?
Higher levels of Sperm DNA damage can be a factor where couples have been trying for a baby for some time without success and where there is no obvious explanation why. It can also be a major factor where couples have got pregnant but have suffered a number of miscarriages.
The important thing is, when we know the level of sperm DNA damage, we can help couples make better choices about the right lifestyle choices and fertility treatment for them. For example, with moderate damage, IVF might be the best treatment to try first. If the damage is high, then the best chance of success might be going straight to ICSI treatment.
So, if you’ve already been trying for a baby, or are even just starting thinking about it, don’t keep mum about sperm. Talk to us today or speak to your GP or fertility clinic about the SpermComet® test – results guaranteed within seven days.
Fertility Facts. Did you know?
- Healthy sperm are really important for a healthy baby
- Damaged sperm DNA makes it harder to get pregnant with IVF fertility and can increase the risk of miscarriage
- One in six couples has difficulty having a baby: in 40 per cent of these cases, the difficulty is associated with the man
- The SpermComet® test is so sensitive it can explain up to 80 per cent of previously unexplained infertility