What is Super Sperm and how can it help those TTC?

What Is Super Sperm And How Can It Help Those TTC

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Have you got super sperm?

Here at ExSeed we aim to help guys understand and improve their fertility health. But what if your sperm is already in great condition?

We’re launching a new feature on the ExSeed app that links guys with Super Sperm with nearby sperm banks and clinics, and will even reward those looking to donate!

What is “Super Sperm”?

Sperm quality is measured in a lot of ways, one being sperm motility. ‘Total motile sperm count ‘ is the total number of moving sperm in a sample. Ejaculates with a higher number of motile sperm cells are more likely to fertilize an egg and lead to pregnancy.

‘Super Sperm’ is an unofficial term we’ve given to samples with a very high total motile sperm count.

Sperm Quality Low Moderate Optimal super sperm
Total Motile Sperm Count (TMSC) 0 – 7.5 million TMSC >7.5 – 45 million TMSC >45 million TMSC >200 million TMSC

How Super Sperm can help clinics

1 in 5 couples experience infertility, and around half of these cases are at least partially down to male factor infertility. In the last 40 years, we’ve watched sperm quality and count decrease by 50%!

This means more couples are looking for sperm donations so they can grow their family, while good-quality sperm is getting harder to find. Sperm banks have to send away around 80% of intended donor applicants because they don’t have high enough sperm quality.

So to help out, we’re going to be linking up guys with Super Sperm with sperm banks in need of donations.

“Sperm donation quite literally changed my life. I went from the heartache and despair of finding out I had no sperm of my own, to now being the proud father of twins – all because of the kind person who donated his sperm. By giving what I had none of, but he had in abundance, he made my dreams of fatherhood come true.” –

Shaun – Knackered Knackers

How it works

Simply test your sperm with our ExSeed home-test kits, and wait 3 minutes for the results on your ExSeed app. If your sperm count and motility are high enough, you’ll get a notification like this telling you you have Super Sperm:

You can then check the map on your app to find one of our nearby sperm bank partners: European Sperm Bank,  Cryos International, and Copenhagen Fertility Center. Then just get in contact with them, and join their sperm donor program.

After joining the program, our partners will give you a full refund for your ExSeed test kit. You are now on your way to becoming a donor!

Becoming a sperm donor

The idea of becoming a donor might be daunting or even uncomfortable for some guys, but the reality is many couples are waiting for viable donations so they can start their families. More people than ever are facing fertility issues and may never be able to conceive a child on their own, meaning they rely on donations. And it is now easier than ever for donors to help out.

Testing and getting in contact with clinics through ExSeed is safe and reliable. Sperm banks are committed to keeping your donor status private, and keeping your medical information confidential.

Not only will you have your ExSeed kit refunded, but sperm banks compensate their donors for each donation.

Interested in becoming a donor or want to learn more? You can check out our partner banks right here to find out about their donor processes:

Cryos International 

European Sperm Bank

Copenhagen Fertility Center

“We are supporting the use of this app and sperm test platform for men considering fertility treatment. This enables them in a proper, reliable way to access their fertility.  A fast and secure way to get information about fertility and how to proceed if needed. Further valuable help for those just testing and aiming at improving their sperm quality.”

Professor dr. med. Svend Lindenberg, Copenhagen Fertility Center, one of the pioneers in Danish fertility treatments


It’s important to keep an eye on your fertility health. Whether you’re planning for the future or trying to conceive right now, it’s good to know your status. With an ExSeed home-test kit, this process is easier than ever; simply order a kit, test, and receive results in the comfort of your own home.

And if you’re one of the lucky few with strong, “super sperm”, you could get the cost of your kit refunded if you enrol as a sperm donor!

The sperm bank feature is now live on the iOS App, and will be coming to Android very soon.


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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.