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We’ve Just Secured an Additional £2.5m ($3.4m) in Investment! 

2021 was a huge year for ExSeed and it looks like 2022 is going to be even more exciting. We are thrilled to announce that we just closed a £2.5m ($3.4m) investment round, taking our seed-stage funding to over £5m ($6.8m)! 

This investment round was led by the Ascension  Life Fund, with participation from Trifork, Hambro Perks, R42 Group, and other forward thinking organisations and business Angels dedicated to supporting our mission to improve diagnosis and treatment of male fertility issues. “ExSeed has an exciting technology that addresses a real need in the fertility market and they have established strong partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies in the fertility space.” says Özgür Tuncer, Partner Ascension Life Fund. “They have a strong team and science which has been proven and we are really excited for them to be part of the Ascension Life Fund.” 

 

We’ve Just Secured A Further £2.5m in Investment!

 

Building on our amazing growth

This latest funding round comes at a time where we are already making huge waves in the fertility space.  Our 4X growth last year was pretty incredible and over 15,000 tests have now been carried out through our app.  “This funding round is critically important for us and our mission to improve the treatment paradigm for male infertility and tackle the social stigma often attached. It will allow us to reach even more people in need and not least double-down on the research and development necessary to bring new and even better products to the market” explains our Co-Founder and CEO Morten G. Ulsted. “By allowing men to test and potentially improve their fertility, in the comfort of their own home, ExSeed is helping to break taboos and raise awareness around male infertility. Moving forward, we see plenty of opportunities to work with relevant healthcare partners throughout Europe and globally, like the NHS and private fertility clinics, with an ExSeed test being the first step on a patient’s wider fertility journey.” 

Declining fertility rates are amongst the most pressing health concerns for men across the world. Infertility affects 3.5 million people in the UK alone and sperm counts are almost half the level they were 40 years ago. Our at-home test brings an easy, comfortable way to test sperm health both before a potential visit to the clinic, but certainly also alongside clinical treatment as evidenced by our rapidly expanding network of clinic partners and others. 

Game-changing technology & incredible community

Our kit brings together the powerful camera capabilities of modern smartphones with sophisticated, cloud-based analysis, which means you can give a sample in your bedroom and then get a live view of your sperm sample on your screen! Within 3-5 minutes you get a highly accurate quantitative analysis of your sperm concentration and motility and we then can recommend a bespoke lifestyle programme that could help you make improvements – or connect you with one of our fertility experts for extra support.  

However, it’s not just our test that is changing the game in the male fertility space. “Our investment in ExSeed demonstrates our ongoing confidence in the future of health tech.” comments Dominic Perks, Co-founder and CEO of Hambro Perks. “Male infertility is a growing problem that affects millions of men around the world, but remains largely taboo”. “We hope that ExSeed’s vision and mission to tackle this problem will improve the lives of millions of couples who struggle to conceive every year.” continues Dominic Perks. We look forward to helping ExSeed continue to expand and working with the team to build this truly innovative health-tech platform.”

At ExSeed, we are proud to be part of a growing community of male voices that are breaking down the stigma associated with male infertility and raising awareness of the benefit of proactive testing and treatment. We believe that the combination of innovative technology and a more open, honest and supportive conversation around infertility will help more men, women, and couples get better help and achieve improved treatment outcomes.  

If you are hoping to become a father one day soon, we’d love to empower you with knowledge and advice to give you the best chance possible. You can find out more about our test right 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.