At Trak, we not only want to help you test your sperm count, we want to give you the tools you need to optimize your sperm production and boost your chances of conception. It's important to understand that sperm count can change dramatically due to several factors in man's life (health, lifestyle, environmental changes, etc.). This means that just one sperm count test result will not give you an accurate picture of where you stand, or help you see if you're making progress toward your goals. Repeat testing is important to establish baseline levels and see changes over time as you commit to sperm-friendly habits.
The real question is: how often should you test? The answer lies in two main factors: abstinence and sperm development.
When testing your sperm count, how long you have abstained (meaning, how long since your last ejaculation) can make a big difference in your test results. Ejaculation essentially cleans out your system. But there is a sweet spot. Too frequent (i.e. daily) ejaculation can cause your sperm count to read lower as you're not giving your body enough time to "replenish" the system. However, abstaining for too long can also lead to a build up of dead sperm cells and debris in your semen, which could also lead to an inaccurate result. Before testing, we recommend abstaining between 2-7 days.
The reason a man's sperm count can change is because men's bodies are constantly making more sperm cells. Lifestyle changes can cause a man to produce more, higher quality sperm. The small caveat to this is that it takes around 72 days for the new sperm to completely mature. While you may see some results in testing weekly, chances are you won't see dramatic progress within a week.
So how often should you test your sperm count?
At Trak, we recommend that you test monthly outside of her fertile window (the six-day interval when pregnancy can occur, ending on her ovulation day). It's also important to try to abstain the same amount of time prior to each test for best accuracy. This ensures that you're abstaining for the proper amount of time and that your sperm has had enough time to mature, so that you can actually see the results of your hard-earned sperm-friendly lifestyle changes.