Checking your sperm quality
A DNA fragmentation test looks inside your sperm to assess the quality of your sperm. This test gives important information as it identifies DNA damage in sperm. DNA is the code of life, so damaged DNA reduces the chances of pregnancy and a healthy baby. If fragmentation levels are high this is associated with infertility, failure of IVF and early miscarriage.
Who needs a DNA fragmentation test?
✓ Ideally everyone trying to conceive but especially if….
✓ You have been trying to conceive for longer than one year
✓ You are considering IVF treatment
✓ You have had unsuccessful IVF treatment
✓ Your partner has suffered a miscarriage.
What will my test show?
Your DNA fragmentation report will give you an average percentage of DNA damage per sperm, a percentage of “normal” sperm and a percentage of highly damaged sperm.
Will I understand the results?
No! This is a specialist test, so it is important that the results are interpreted for you in a clinical context by a professional. We will do this in consultation with you after a consultant urologist has reviewed them at no extra charge.
Can my DNA fragmentation be lowered?
Yes, it can. We will advise you of an appropriate course of action to both investigate the cause and treatment options to lower your DNA fragmentation levels and ultimately improve your fertility and increase your chances of pregnancy.
DNA Fragmentation occurs naturally in your body’s cells, the effect accumulates over time and therefore builds up. Everyone has a certain level of DNA fragmentation, it is when this level builds up beyond what is considered normal that problems can occur. Higher levels of DNA fragmentation can affect a mans fertility. It is therefore important that this test is considered when you have been trying to conceive for a while, without success.