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Our Upgraded Sperm Results Page

As you know, here at ExSeed we are all about making the process of male fertility testing faster, easier and less overwhelming. Our at-home sperm test allows you to test your sperm in the comfort of your own home, get your results in minutes and instantly have access to a wealth of advice that can help you improve your sperm quality if you need to.

We are constantly dedicated to evolving our platform and we’re really excited to share the latest developments on our app’s results page. So, what’s new?

Change of results terminology

If you’ve used our test and app before you’ll remember that our results take into consideration three key sperm quality factors – semen volume (how much semen you produce in an ejaculate), sperm concentration (the number of sperm cells/ml in your sample) and sperm motility (how many of your sperm are moving in a healthy way!). We take all of these factors into consideration to give you an overall result – the Total Motile Sperm Count . This is widely considered to be the best indicators of male fertility – you can learn more about Total Motile Sperm Count here.

Previously, our results were ‘graded’ into three categories – Low, Moderate and Optimal. However, in the latest update, we have aligned our classification with industry standards to make it as clear as possible to interpret. Now your results will be classified as ‘Below Normal’ or ‘Normal’. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

More comprehensive results page

But it’s not just our results classification that’s evolved – the whole results page has had a makeover! You can now access an array of useful functions all on the same screen, making it quicker and easier to navigate between key features from one place.

One of our user’s favorite aspects of the ExSeed app is that you receive personalized recommendations for ways to improve your sperm health. By taking a short in-app assessment, you can understand which lifestyle factors could be reducing the quality of your sperm health – from smoking to not exercising enough. Following our latest update, these recommendations will be available directly from the results page, so you can spend less time scrolling through the app and more time getting healthier!

We also recognise that a lot of our users need to sent their results outside of the app, such as when they want to share their fertility health overview with a doctor or clinic.

From our new results page, you can now download and share your full fertility health report in a single tap. This not only includes your Total Motile Sperm Count (and a breakdown of the related individual parameters) but also your overall health and lifestyle information you’ve inputted, making it a useful all-in-one fertility health report.

In addition to this, you’ll see we’ve brought the info about your sperm color and abstinence time to the results page for your ease of reference and convenience.

Download your sperm sample video

Lastly, you can now download the video of your sperm sample directly from our results page. When you use the ExSeed test and app, our patented device will use your smartphone camera to zoom in 200 times onto your sperm sample and capture a video of how your sperm cells are moving. Yeah – it’s pretty cool.

This video sits on the app so our algorithm can assess your sperm parameters in minutes – and it also means our in-house experts can get a good look at it if you need a second opinion. However, thanks to our app upgrade you can now easily download the video yourself so you can share it with your doctors, and fertility experts or even stick it on your social media if you fancy it. It’s your sperm selfie – you can do what you like with it!

We are excited to finally release this update and would love to hear your feedback! If you have any questions or thoughts on our new results page, drop us an email at [email protected]. New to the whole sperm testing thing? Learn more about our at-home test here.

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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.

Stress

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.

Nutrition

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.

Vegetables
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.

Heat

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.

BMI

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.  

Alcohol

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”.

Age

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.