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General fertility

How long does it take to get pregnant?

It’s not possible to say how long it takes to get pregnant, because it is different for every couple. 

Many factors can affect a couple’s chances of conceiving, such as:

  • age
  • general health
  • reproductive health
  • how often you have sex

Some couples reach pregnant quickly, while it take longer for others. This may be upsetting, but it’s normal.

Most couples (about 84 out of every 100) will get pregnant within a year if they have regular sex and don’t use contraception (1).


What does it take to get pregnant?

In order for pregnancy to happen, sperm needs to meet up with an egg. Pregnancy officially starts when a fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. It takes up to 2-3 weeks after sex for pregnancy to happen.

To be able to get pregnant in the first place, the man needs to produce motile (moving) sperm cells while the female need to produce mature eggs during her ovulation cycle.

ExSeed Home Sperm Test

How does a sperm test work?

In order to test your semen, your doctor will ask you to provide a semen sample. Normally, you ejaculate into a collection cup in a room at your doctor’s office. 


The sample is then assessed under a microscope, which will give useful information about the specific functions of your sperm cells  (i.e. the likelihood of a sample resulting in a pregnant partner). 


Normal sperm tests track the volume (amount of semen), concentration (how many sperm cells you have per milliliter of semen, motility (the amount of moving sperm cells), and total motile sperm count (the total amount of moving sperm cells in one ejaculate). Some sperm tests additionally assess features like morphology (the appearance of sperm cells), pH, color, the presence of other cell types and liquefaction time. 


The ExSeed Home Sperm Test provides you with:

Volume, concentration, motility and the total motile sperm count, which is similar to what many clinics assess.

This is because the total motile sperm count is the one number that has been most highly associated with chance of pregnancy (1).

The most common diagnoses for a semen analysis include:

Hypospermia: If there is a low volume 

Oligospermia: If there is a low amount of sperm cells

Azoospermia: If there are no sperm at all

Asthenozoospermia: If there is a large amount of sperm cells that does not move

Tetrazoospermia: If there is a large amount of abnormal sperm cells.

Leukospermia: If there is a large amount of round cells/white blood cells in the sample.

Necrospermia: If there is a large amount of dead sperm cells.


How does a home sperm test work?

Home sperm tests require ejaculation into a collection cup. While procedures vary for transferring semen and completing the test, results are typically available within a few minutes.


Home sperm tests vary in what they assess. Many home sperm tests only assesses the sperm count (the amount of sperm), without assessing other functions. This will mean that some at-home sperm tests will miss many common causes of male infertility. 


Choosing a home sperm test that provides the key figures is therefore important. Chose a test that assesses the volume, concentration and motility as this will give you a possibility to know your total motile sperm count. This is the parameter best informing about the chance of natural pregnancy and when to seek help (1).


How is ExSeed Health different from other home sperm tests?

ExSeed is currently the only at-home sperm test assessing the total motile sperm count. This count is important because some other at-home sperm tests will fail to inform about common causes of male infertility. Our system is built to be easily shared with us or your doctor, making it possible to get a second opinion on your result. 

The ExSeed Home Sperm test uses microscopy which is what is also used in the clinic as the golden standard. This also means that you will get a nice recording of your swimmers.

Our customer support is available to help you if you should experience any issues while testing or if you were in doubt if it was performed correctly.

Are home sperm self-test kits easy to use?

Most home sperm tests are very simple tests that are easy to use. In difficulty they are similar to a pregnancy test. This is also the case for our home sperm test which is easy to use and interpret. If you are in doubt about your result or how to test, we are always here to help.

See our instruction video to see how easy it really is:

What semen parameters are measured?

The ExSeed Home Sperm test tracks the same parameters that you would get in most clinics. These includes; volume (amount of semen), concentration (how many sperm cells you have per milliliter of semen, motility (the amount of moving sperm cells), and total motile sperm count (the total amount of moving sperm cells in one ejaculate).


This is because the total motile sperm count is the one number that has been most highly associated with chance of pregnancy (1).




Why does the ExSeed home sperm test kit include more tests?

Sperm quality varies naturally, which means that you may have a test that is not ideal on one day, but still have a normal sperm quality. Several factors affect sperm quality including sickness (read more on that here) .

We therefore recommend you to test your semen quality twice. This should be more than one week apart and it would be good to test it again one month after. 

This is also what is recommended by the sperm testing guidelines of the WHO.

How long should I stay abstinent before providing a semen analysis sample?

We recommend that you stay abstinent for between 48-72 hours before testing. Too short abstinence may not allow for proper refilling of your semen depots, while too long may cause damage to the sperm cells from too long storage, potentially leading to reduced motility as an example.

How long does it take to get my sperm analysis results?

Once your sample has been inserted into the ExSeed Health Device, the results will be available on your phone within a few minutes.

Can a smartphone be accurate for home sperm test results?

With the latest technological advances of smartphones, ExSeed Health opens up for the possibility to perform microscopy that has a similar quality to that in the laboratories. With our technology we analyse the sample similarly to what they do in the laboratory or at the fertility clinic.

For testing our product, we have partnered with some of the most prominent fertility labs in the world. These labs perform regular quality assurance testing and are the same labs’ many physicians use to perform their testing. We also used these tests to get CE certified as an IVD medical device with a high proven accuracy.

Can I get assistance with the at-home sperm testing?

If you are ever stuck in testing or you are not sure what to do, please visit our support page. 


Here you will find information on how to solve many issues, but also how contact us. Our customer service is open in weekdays from 09.00-17.00 with a fast response time.

Will I be able to see my sperm cells using my smartphone or do I need a computer?

You will be able to see your sperm cells similarly to the video shown here:

Can one of your experts assess my semen test result?

We have qualified professionals who assess that all videos are captured and tracked correctly. This is done completely anonymously. If you have any questions, one of our fertility experts will be happy to give you their advice based on your sample result.

Are my sperm analysis results and private details kept safe?

Yes, we pride ourselves in keeping your data safe, When you register we will make an account and keep this personal info separate from any data collected to reduce the likelihood that you can be identified. All results are 100% private and only available and accessible to the user.

Where can I purchase a home sperm count test kit?

The ExSeed Health test is currently available for shipping in all European countries and our app and website are available in both English and Spanish. If you would like to inquire about when we will launch in a country outside Europe, please contact

What can I do to improve male fertility?

Male fertility is affected by several factors including genetics, the environment, and of course your lifestyle. 

Adopting a fertility friendly lifestyle will therefore be a good idea if you want to improve chances of reaching pregnancy with your partner. 

You can start by eating fruit and vegetables several times per day, exercising regularly, and quitting cigarettes. 

If you want a detailed approach guided by professionals, you can check out our automated and completely private Bootcamp here.

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