Is Trak Accurate?

Yes. Trak was demonstrated to be as accurate as a standard laboratory test. Our proprietary microfluidic system is engineered to provide the most precise sperm count measurement available.  As the Trak Prop spins, sperm are selectively filtered to ensure that your results are accurate to our stringent performance standards.

How do I read my results? How were the categories defined?

Trak categorizes your sperm concentration as:

 

  • Optimal; Sperm concentration above 55M/mL
  • Moderate; Sperm concentration between 55M/mL and 15M/mL
  • Low; Sperm concentration below 15M/mL
  • Large population studies show, statistically, partners of men with higher sperm concentrations conceive faster.  When your sperm concentration is high enough (optimal), you're likely to have enough quality sperm to overcome any abnormalities in other sperm parameters (e.g. poor motility or morphology) that may put you at higher risk for infertility. On the other end, men with a low sperm concentration are at a high risk for infertility and should see a physician. This is why we created a testing tool that lets you see where you stand across a range for concentration.

     Other at home male fertility tests will give you only a “yes or no” result based on industry cut offs for fertility in men.. This is why we created a testing tool that  lets you see where you fall across the broad range of sperm concentrations to create a clearer comprehension around your ability to conceive. And only Trak lets you see changes over time as you work to improve your chances of conception.

    Do I really need to test? Won't most men fall into the optimal category? 

    A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update provides further evidence that men's sperm counts are in deep, global decline. The research found that from 1973 to 2011, the average sperm count dropped 53% (a decline of 1.4% per year) from 99 to 47 M/mL with no indicators of stablizing. This means the majority of men have a suboptimal sperm count and may  take longer to conceive. With Trak you will see where you stand and gather a greater understanding of your fertility.

    How long does this test take?

    Trak is fast and easy. After you’ve collected your sample and loaded it into the prop (testing strip), the device will take approximately 6 minutes to read your results. 

    How many times do I need to test?

    Because sperm count can change daily due to various lifestyle impacts, Trak comes with 4 tests. To get the most accurate benchmark results, we recommend testing twice to establish a baseline for measuring progress. After that, test at least monthly outside of your partner’s fertile window (the six-day interval when pregnancy can occur, ending on her ovulation day).  Many men start to see results starting after one month, but because it takes sperm a while to fully develop it may take two months or longer to see meaningful concentration changes after implementing health and lifestyle changes.

    What about testing my sperm's motility?

    Trak does not measure other sperm parameters that may affect your fertility such as motility, morphology, DNA fragmentation, pH, genetic abnormalities, etc.  Trak was designed to measure sperm concentration, which is the factor most closely linked to time to conception.  A higher amount of total sperm in an ejaculation, the higher the odds one of your swimmers will fertilize an egg regardless of other sperm factors.  We recommend seeing a physician for a full medical evaluation if you repeatedly test Low or if you’ve been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months or more.

    What does FDA cleared mean?

    For your protection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that  products that can affect public health are safe and effective. Our Trak Fertility System is an FDA Cleared medical device. Trak went through rigorous studies and examinations before being cleared for  market to ensure our product is safe and effective to meet your fertility testing needs.

    What does validated against the gold standard lab method mean?

    As part of the FDA clearance process, Trak was rigorously tested against the most accurate lab tests available to ensure that the system provides accurate results. In other words, the results you get with Trak really are as accurate as the lab. 

    Do I need a prescription to use Trak?

    Nope. Trak is a great way to start understanding your sperm health before your first doctor’s visit. Simply bring in your Trak results with you to get a jump start on your process. In addition, if you’re continually testing low with Trak, it can be a great indicator that further analysis from your doctor may be necessary. 

    Is this covered by Insurance? Can I use my FSA / HSA?

    Trak is a perfect way to avoid letting your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) dollars go to waste. At checkout, you can use the card associated with your flexible spending or health spending account to pay for the Trak Fertility System and Refill kits. If you’re unsure whether or not you have an FSA or HSA, please check with your employer or insurance company.

    I still have questions. Can you help?

    Absolutely! Chat us here, give us a call at 888.241.2476, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, or email info@trakfertility.com