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A Welcome to Us at ExSeed Health

Educating men about Fertility and home sperm testing.

As we launch the ExSeed home sperm test in Denmark, we thought you might like to find out more about ExSeed Health and why it will soon become your go-to app for all male fertility topics.

What is ExSeed Health?

Having launched in January 2019, the ExSeed Health aims to become the leading home fertility test and app. ExSeed Health is available on iOS and Android phones and can be purchased directly from our website and selected partners. We aim to provide reliable, accurate, and fast results about your sperm quality from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Coupled with this you will get straightforward and personalized advice on your health.

Is male fertility a big issue?

The social stigma for men and health is evident across society. Take mental health for example; in only a few years through government campaigns, charity work, and even royal family members being involved as advocates, we have seen a societal shift for this to become much more accepted. We have set out to do the same for male infertility! In 40% of infertile couples, the cause of not being able to conceive is male related. This is something we need to start having an open dialogue about, as well as normalizing the discussion about male reproductive health.

With ExSeed Health’s home sperm test, we provide you with a platform to empower, educate, and inform you from the privacy of your own home. With access to our in-house fertility professionals and scientifically backed Lifestyle Program, we aim to change the way fertility treatment is currently approached by focussing on the early steps that men and couples can take to achieve their pregnancy goals.

How does ExSeed Health work?

After receiving the ExSeed Health device, follow the simple instructions on how to get your sperm sample analyzed with the help of the ExSeed app. It only takes a few minutes before your sperm cells will appear on your phone where you will be able to see the sperm cells swim in the sample. With a Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA), your sperm will be tested accurately in a few seconds and the result will appear on the phone.

How is ExSeed Health different from other sperm tests? 

Our test is easy to carry out and the app interface is intuitive to follow. Our test will assess your Total Motile Sperm Count (TSMC) by measuring your volume, sperm count, and sperm motility as accurately as most fertility clinics. Such a comprehensive home test simply doesn’t exist elsewhere.  Furthermore, the ExSeed app will provide you with all the latest scientifically backed articles and advice you need for semen quality improvement.

What is the Lifestyle program?

The Lifestyle Program is a completely personalized program created to change your fertility status in a natural way and it’s based on the latest scientific data related to lifestyle and infertility. This program focuses on, among others, nutrition, exercise, supplements, and stress, and guides you on how simple lifestyle changes can significantly improve your sperm quality and overall health.

Giving you the accurate guidance on how to improve your sperm quality or maintain a high quality of life is paramount to us at ExSeed Health, so before starting the program you will be asked to answer questions about your personal health, lifestyle, and fertility history.  You will then be shown your personalized advice and guidance.

What happens after?

We want you to set goals and achieve them! Just like when trying to achieve any goal in life, you will need support – and this is no different. On top of the individual program, ExSeed offers you online coaching as an essential tool to achieve success with reaching your fertility goals.

Through personalized guidance and video chat, we will give you the support and tools to help on your journey – whether it is to improve general health, increase sperm parameters, or succeed in conceiving with your partner. Each session will be tailored to your personal needs and current situation.

Our mission and services are broken down into four parts:

  • Self-care planning
  • Meal and nutrition planning
  • Track and empower
  • Medical support

Our team is composed of expert nutritionists, reproductive biologists, and medical doctors who will guide you step by step to make sure you are getting the right information for optimal results.

We’re excited about the future of male reproductive health and we hope you’ll be a part of it with us.

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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.