According to the TikTok video, if your semen sinks immediately in a water sample, it suggests that you have a low sperm count. However, there are some other things that could affect your test results.
For couples trying to conceive, knowing their fertility levels can be very important. While laboratory testing is the most accurate way to determine a man’s sperm count, there are also at-home tests available.
Getting a Semen Sample
Getting a semen sample for a sperm count can help you increase your chances of conception and get an indication of your overall reproductive health. It can also help your doctor develop a plan to fix any issues that may be hampering your fertility.
A semen test (also called a sperm count) is an analysis of the thick fluid released from the penis during sexual climax (orgasm). Semen contains sperm, which contain the genetic material that is needed to fertilize an egg and make a baby.
Masturbation is the preferred method of collecting a semen sample for a sex test, but if you have severe male infertility that prevents this from being possible, a doctor can recommend a procedure such as microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration or testicular sperm aspiration. The most important thing is to make sure your hands and penis are clean before starting. If you’re using a condom, make sure to use one that doesn’t contain spermicide.
Once you’ve collected your sample, carefully pour it into a container of cool distilled water. This can be any type of container that will fit into your sink or bathroom, but most people prefer to use a clear glass cup that’s easy to see through. Then, wait a few minutes to observe what happens. Some semen will immediately sink to the bottom of the container, while others will float or form clumps on top of the surface.
Preparing the Water
Men preparing to do a test of their sperm count need to abstain from sexual activity that could cause ejaculation for three to five days. A man should also drink plenty of water. Water intake is said to increase seminal fluid and improve sperm production. However, he should avoid too much water, which can make the semen thicker and inhibit sperm movement.
Once a semen sample has been collected, it should be poured into a well that is filled with a dye solution for testing sperm concentration. The higher the concentration of sperm in the sample, the darker the color in the well. The resulting color can be compared with a standard well that indicates normal values for sperm concentration.
A normal sperm concentration is 15 million per milliliter of semen. A low sperm count is referred to as oligospermia. This condition can be caused by a variety of issues including infections, anatomical problems, hormone imbalances, chromosome defects or blockages.
If a low sperm count is discovered, the doctor can help the couple find out what caused it. He may suggest treatment methods that restore the sperm count and increase the chances of conception. While a test of a man’s sperm count with water is not as accurate as a laboratory test, it can be useful in detecting problems that affect fertility before they have a serious effect on a couple’s desire to have children.
Observing the Results
While it may seem odd or taboo, checking your sperm count at home is a useful tool for assessing your reproductive health. It’s cheap, easy to do, and gives you a sense of control over your fertility. Plus, it can help you identify potential issues before they get out of hand.
To start, you need to collect a sample of your semen. The easiest way to do this is by masturbating and ejaculating into a container, though you can also do it during intercourse if you’re comfortable with that. For religious people who can’t use the masturbation method, ejaculating into a condom during sexual climax is a good alternative.
Next, add the semen to the water sample and observe its reaction. It should begin to swell as it absorbs the water, which is an indication of live sperm cells. Eventually, the semen will sink to the bottom of the container. If the semen sinks almost immediately, it might indicate a low sperm count. It could also be a sign of poor motility or immotility, which means that the sperm isn’t able to move forward and fertilize an egg.
Other possible indicators of sperm problems include the thickness or viscosity of the semen fluid, the presence of leukocytes (white blood cells), and the shape or morphology of the sperm. For a normal semen analysis, the sperm concentration should be at least 20 million per milliliter and the sperm motility should be 50% or greater.
Interpreting the Results
While this method does not offer a full diagnosis of fertility problems, it can give you an idea about how healthy your semen is. This can help you determine if you need to seek medical treatment for issues like a low sperm count.
A healthy sperm count is 15 million or more per milliliter of semen. If your semen is lower than this, it may not be possible to conceive. You can test your sperm count with water by masturbating in a private place and then ejaculating into the container. If you are not able to masturbate, using a fertility-safe lubricant or a regular condom during intercourse can also provide a suitable sample.
If the semen sinks to the bottom of the container, it is likely that your sperm count is high enough to be fertilized by an egg. A sample that floats on the surface, however, might suggest that your sperm count is too low to be fertilized.
While it might seem strange or taboo, checking a man’s sperm count at home with water can be a useful tool for diagnosing reproductive health issues. It is inexpensive and simple to do, and it allows men to take control of their own reproductive health. If you get an abnormal result from this type of sperm testing, it is important to visit a fertility doctor to discuss further testing and treatment options.