What is the SpermComet test?

A SpermComet is a specialist test performed to check a man’s sperm quality and DNA health. It looks at DNA sperm damage including measuring the actual damage in individual sperm.

Sperm DNA damage has been shown to be a good biomarker for both male infertility diagnosis and ART prognosis*.

Good quality sperm DNA is vital for normal fertilisation, embryo development, and successful implantation and pregnancy in both natural and assisted reproduction.

Why have the SpermComet test?

The SpermComet test offers men and couples more information regarding their fertility status. This can be useful in deciding the best individual pathway including assisted conception options to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

One in six couples has difficulty having a baby. 40 per cent of these couples having difficulty conceiving can be associated with the man. Looking at male fertility and having the SpermComet test may assist couples to find the cause of their infertility.

Men produce new sperm every 70 days so simple changes in lifestyle can improve sperm DNA quality in a short time.

When to have the SpermComet test

Your consultant will discuss with you the SpermComet test if they recommend it for you. Our clinic may offer patients the SpermComet if they have a history of: recurrent implant failure, failed IVF cycle with poor fertilisation rate and/or unexpectedly poor embryological development and recurrent miscarriages

Book your SpermComet test

To book an appointment for the SpermComet test simple call us or enquire online.

*Reference: Simon L, Proutski I, Stevenson M, Jennings M, McManus J, Lutton D, Lewis SEM. Sperm DNA damage has negative association with live birth rates after IVF. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, (2013) 26 (1): 68-78

For information from the HFEA on the risks and benefits of SpermComet click here.