Your Exact sperm DNA test results provide important information about your reproductive health which can help you make informed decisions about lifestyle changes or treatments to improve your fertility.
Exact tests measure sperm DNA damage which could be a significant factor affecting your fertility.
It is important to understand:
• High sperm DNA damage means the quality of sperm is poor.
• Low sperm DNA damage means that the quality of the sperm is good.
The Exact test result shows three different indicators of DNA damage (fragmentation) compared against a fertile reference range.
A graph showing the extent of DNA damage in your sample in comparison to the Examen fertile database*. Most sperm from fertile men have low damage. Infertile men have more sperm with moderate or high damage.
Average DNA damage
The average amount of DNA damage per sperm in your sample. This is a summary measure of the ‘typical’ amount of DNA damage in your sample.
0 – 26% – You are within the fertile range
26 – 100% – You are outside of the fertile range and have an increased risk of infertility and miscarriage.
Low DNA damage
The percentage of sperm with good quality DNA
74 – 100% – You are within the fertile range
Less than 74% – You are outside of the fertile range and have an increased risk of infertility and miscarriage.
High DNA damage
The percentage of sperm with poor quality DNA
0 – 4% – You are within the fertile range.
5 – 100% – You are outside of the fertile range and have an increased risk of infertility and miscarriage.
*The Examen range indicates the amount of DNA damage found in fertile men. It was developed by comparing a group of men who successfully fathered children within a year against a group of men having fertility treatment. The reference range cut-off represents the point that differentiates most clearly between the fertile and infertile men.
Take positive action:
Every step is a positive change, supporting the health and quality of your sperm DNA
For more information on how to improve your sperm DNA, click here.