How our Home Fertility Blood Test Kits Work
All of our Home Fertility Blood testing kits need only a tiny amount of blood using a finger-prick test. This type of testing has been used for many years for diabetes testing. Advancements in technology now mean that this type of kit can be used for almost any type of blood test.
Frequently Asked Questions
The kit is delivered by normal post in plain packaging. The exterior of the package contains NO Logos or indication of what is inside. You can have the kit discreetly delivered to your home or workplace. All kits are posted with next day delivery. The kit will fit in a standard post box.
All of the tests are performed by a private laboratory. The results are provided to you directly by phone and email. We will not send your results to your GP. If you wish to inform your GP you can provide them with a copy of your results.
Each Kit contains everything you need to perform the test along with a FREEPOST envelope to send the sample to the laboratory. The samples are processed by an INAB accredited laboratory.
In your Kit you will find
1 Blood Collection Tube
1 Alcohol Swab
1 Laboratory Request Form
The tests are very easy to perform. You will not see the needle. By placing the lancet against your finger, a hidden needle springs out to puncture your skin. The needle then safely pops back into the lancet device. The lancet is a sterile class 2 medical device.
These tests are far less traumatic than having a healthcare professional draw a large container of blood from your arm.
There is a mark on the Sample collection tube so that you can see when you have enough blood collected. It typically takes around 15 drops of blood to fill the tube. If your hand is warm before taking the test you should be able to achieve this in a few seconds.
Yes, the tests are accurate and are tested by an accredited laboratory. All of the tests have been validated against traditional blood collection methods.
About 5% of our customers will fail to provide enough of a blood sample for the laboratory to analyse. The most common reason for failure is not reading the instructions carefully. If for some reason you cannot provide enough sample, we are happy to offer you the following options.
- TRY AGAIN – Another finger-prick kit can be sent out to you, FREE of charge.
- REFUND – We are happy to refund you the cost of the blood test minus a small administration fee of €10.
The only difference is your convenience and the fast turnaround of results. All our Blood Tests are performed BY YOU, at home. Only a tiny sample of blood is required which is obtained through a fingerpick wound.
- Perform at Home
- Results in 2 to 3 Business Days (some results are even quicker)
- No Doctors’ appointments Required
- No Time off work
- No scheduling of appointments
- Easy to perform
- Accurate Results
Regular intercourse (3 times per week) will allow most fertile couples to conceive. For the best chance of pregnancy you should have intercourse in the days leading up to Ovulation (‘Fertile window’) and also on the Day of Ovulation. Sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for up to 5 days, so having intercourse before Ovulation ensures there are sperm ‘waiting’ for the egg when it is released.
Being underweight (BMI <18.5) can cause menstruation and ovulation to stop. You should seek help from a dietician in order to gain weight in a healthy and controlled manner. You should also see your doctor to see if there is an underlying medical condition preventing you from gaining weight.
Studies have shown that even moderate alcohol consumption ( 5 or less alcoholic drinks per week) can lower fertility levels. If you are having difficulty conceiving then its best to give up alcohol completely to give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant.
It is possible to get pregnant once and then experience difficulties the second time around. This is called Secondary Infertility. At times this can be even more difficult to deal with than primary infertility (where a couple have no children). Possible causes are:
Advanced Female age: As a woman gets older the quality and quantity of her eggs decreases. This is the case regardless of whether she had a baby in the past. Read more here.
Structural Complications: Complications during a prior delivery such as uterine infection, uterine adhesions or adhesions that develop around the fallopian tubes can cause problems.
Reduced Sperm Quality: Sperm quality changes over time. If your partners health, diet or lifestyle has changed since the birth of your first child then he should have a Semen Analysis carried out to check the quality of his sperm.
Fertility is not just a female issue. In over 40% of cases a problem can be identified with male fertility. It is unethical and unfair for a woman to take any form of fertility medication if her partner has not had his sperm quality checked. It is not always necessary to attend a clinic to check Sperm Quality. A home testing kit such as SwimCount is a great starting point as it can be performed in the privacy of your own home.
In general, if you are less than 35 years old and have been having regular, unprotected intercourse for over 1 year then you should seek advice or have some initial fertility investigations carried out. If you are over 35 years old then it is recommended that you seek help after 6 months. If you or your partner have an underlying medical condition which may reduce your fertility level than you should seek help sooner than this.