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How Expensive is At-Home Sperm Testing vs In-Clinic Testing?

A fertility journey can be an expensive endeavor. From appointments with specialists to various tests, the cost of sperm testing can really stack up – and that’s even before you start thinking about potential assisted fertility treatments. At ExSeed we’re on a mission to make sperm testing more accessible and more affordable, so here we’ll break down the actual cost of sperm testing and the financial benefits of going it alone at home.

Wait, can’t I get my sperm checked through the NHS?

It is possible to get your sperm tested on the NHS for free – but there are limitations to consider. Generally speaking, to get a semen analysis on the NHS you will have to be referred to a specialist by your GP. Most doctors will only refer you for fertility testing if you have been trying to conceive for over a year and a baby is yet to make an appearance. This is because most couples will conceive after a year of trying, but if you are eager to get started with your baby making plans – or maybe you are concerned about your age – a year is a long time to wait with no clarity on your situation.

Once you get referred, there could also be a wait to get booked in with an NHS-funded fertility clinic, and even once you have done your test, you will often have to wait around a week to get your results. All of this waiting is not only frustrating, but it also means you’re missing out on valuable time that could be used to get started on lifestyle changes that could improve your chances of conceiving.

Whilst for some people the benefit of free sperm testing outweighs the risk of waiting around, if you are in a financial position to get proactive, it’s the best thing you can do for your fertility chances.

How much do private sperm tests cost?

If you want to speed the process up, there is the option to go private. Many private fertility clinics around will gladly help you get tested, but the costs involved might put you off.

In the UK, private sperm testing at a clinic can cost anywhere between £130 and £200. And the important part – that’s per test. If you need to go back for multiple check-ins or want to track your progress if you are on a mission to improve your sperm health, you could end up spending hundreds of pounds to get a look at your swimmers. There are also sometimes hidden costs involved – like charging you extra to get a video of your sperm cells in action or even charging you extra to visit the clinic in the evenings or at the weekend. So, unless you fancy nipping out to give your sample on your lunch break, your bills could stack up even higher.

Whilst these tests are undoubtedly top-class, it doesn’t mean they are fully comprehensive. Most initial semen analysis tests don’t look at factors like DNA Fragmentation. This might not be something you require, but if you do you could be looking at an extra £400 on top!

Cost of at-home male fertility testing

When we created ExSeed, it was all about making sperm testing more accessible – and that also means more affordable.

Our tests come in packages of 2, 5 and 10 – meaning whatever price you pay, you have the opportunity to test your sperm health multiple times. Our most popular package is the 5-test pack, and at £149.99 that works out to £29.99 per test. That’s more than 75% cheaper than even the cheapest test you can get from a fertility clinic!

Other benefits of testing your sperm health at home

Aside from the obvious financial benefits of at-home sperm testing, there are other upsides as well.

You don’t need to take time out of your day to visit a clinic, as you can do the sample in the comfort of your own home and then get your results directly to your smartphone. You also won’t be waiting for weeks, or have to chase up doctors, to get your results. They’re available in minutes and you’ll get a full fertility report direct to the app, covering sperm motility, count and volume – culminating in a serious simple Total Motile Sperm Count reading of ‘Normal’ or ‘Below Normal’.

Our laboratory-grade semen analysis is not only accurate, but it also comes verified by our expert science team, who can also give you tailored advice on how to improve your sperm health if it’s not where you want it to be.

So, at-home sperm testing can not only save you money but save you time – which on a fertility journey is something you can’t put a price on.

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Wearing tight pants and underwear

Studies show that men who wear looser underwear have higher sperm concentration and total sperm count compared to men who wear tighter underwear. So, lose the tight clothes and wear something loose to give your testicles some air.

CONCLUSION: learn more about how heat can affect sperm quality here.


Besides higher mortality rate and various diseases, stress is associated with low sperm quality. Stress is known to be associated with lower testosterone levels and oxidative stress with both playing an essential role in producing and maintaining healthy sperm cells.

CONCLUSION: If you feel stressed, we recommend you get some help so you can have a balanced mental health. For a stress management guide, download the ExSeed app for free and start your personalized action plan today.

Physical activity

Scientific studies show that men who are physically active have better semen parameters than men who are inactive. Fertility specialists also state that regular physical activity has beneficial impact on sperm fertility parameters and such a lifestyle can enhance the fertility status of men.

Prioritizing exercise can help improve your overall health and result in healthy, fast swimming sperm cells that have good chances of fertilizing an egg.

CONCLUSION: Try incorporating exercise in your weekly schedule to you ensure exercising at least twice weekly. We recommend a combination of cardio training and strength exercise. Read more about exercise and male fertility on our blog.


Fast Food
Processed foods damage the health of sperm-producing cells and cause oxidative stress, which lead to poorer sperm quality. Heavy consumption of junk food (every week) can increase the likelihood of infertility since men who consume vast amounts of unhealthy food are at risk of having poor sperm quality. Besides harming your fertility, junk food enlarges your waistline, harms your cardiovascular system, kidneys, and more.

Eating more fruit and vegetables can increase your sperm concentration and motility. It’s important that you consume a healthy diet filled with antioxidants and that you eat vegetables every day. Foods such as apricots and red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which improves male fertility by nurturing healthier sperm. Men who are deficient in this vitamin tend to have slow and sluggish sperm.

Sugary snacks/beverages: several times a week Excessive consumption of high sugar items can lead to oxidative stress, which negatively impacts testosterone levels and sperm motility. Sugary snacks and beverages are also highly associated with obesity and low fertility.
CONCLUSION: To boost sperm quality, stay away from fast food, processed food, and sugary snacks or beverages. You need to implement a healthy prudent diet filled with necessary superfoods needed for good sperm production. Check out our guide to Male Fertility Superfoods. For personalized guidance and support on how you can start improving your sperm health, check out the Bootcamp.


Direct heat can inhibit optimal sperm production and cause Sperm DNA damage. Sperm cells like environments that are a couple of degrees lower than body temperature. Avoid overheating from warm blankets, seat warmers, heat from your laptop, hot showers, and saunas.

Cigarette smoking

The exposure to tobacco smoke has significant negative effects on semen quality. The damage of cigarettes and nicotine of course depends on how many cigarettes you smoke per day and for how long, but even low usage (up to 10 cigarettes / day) can inhibit healthy sperm production.  

CONCLUSION: Stay as far away from cigarette smoking as possible if you care about your general health and your fertility. Read more here.

Cell phone

When you have your cell phone in your front pocket, your testicles are exposed to electromagnetic radiation, which studies have shown to damage the sperm cells. Put your phone in the back pocket of your pants or in your jacket pocket.


There is a clear association between obesity and reduced sperm quality. At least part of the reason for this is that obese men may have abnormal reproductive hormonal profiles, which can impair sperm production and lead to infertility. 

A BMI higher than 30 can lead to several processes in the body (overheating, increase in oxidative stress in the testes, sperm DNA damage, erectile dysfunction) that can have a negative impact on male fertility. This can result in problems when trying to conceive.  

CONCLUSION: BMI is one of the risk factors that influence semen quality and, for example, sperm motility.  


A beer or glass of wine now and then do not really harm sperm quality. But excess alcohol drinking (more than 20 units per week) can reduce the production of normally formed sperm needed for a successful pregnancy.

CONCLUSION: If you want to stay safe, stay under 14 units of alcohol per week. For more information on how alcohol can affect male fertility, take a look at our blog: “Alcohol and Sperm Quality”.


Studies show that women younger than 35 and men younger than 40 have a better chance of getting pregnant. Men can produce sperm cells almost through their entire life, but the sperm cell DNA is more fragile and prone to damage after the age of 40.

As men age, their testes tend to get smaller and softer resulting in a decline in sperm quality and production. These changes are partly because of an age-related decrease in testosterone level, which plays a very important role in sperm

production. Higher male age (>40 years) is not only associated with a decline in sperm production but also with increased sperm DNA fragmentation and worsened morphology (shape) and motility (movement). These negative effects make the sperm cells less qualified for egg fertilization.

CONCLUSION: with an age under 40, you shouldn’t have to worry much about age as a factor in itself. However, studies have shown a slow decline after the age of 30-35 years

and if you are above 40 years of age, your sperm quality can be affected due to increased sperm DNA damage resulting in a decrease of sperm motility and concentration. Remember that you cannot evaluate the quality of a sperm sample by just looking at it – this requires a sperm analysis.