Determine Sperm Count with At-Home Test

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1. At Home Sperm Tests

There are many reasons why couples might opt for an at home sperm test instead of going to a fertility specialist to have one done. First of all, many couples do not have health insurance that covers fertility treatments like sperm tests. These tests can be extremely expensive and out of financial reach for many couples.

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Also, men are notorious for not wanting to go to the doctor. When you add to that the fact that a sperm count test is a pretty personal and sometimes embarrassing test to have, it can put many guys off and make them avoid it even more. So, are at home sperm tests a good alternative? Read on to find out.

2. All About At Home Sperm Tests

There are now several different brands of sperm count tests on the market today. One very popular brand is SpermCheck. These tests are usually somewhere in the $40 range, and can be purchased at stores such as Walgreens, Target, Meijer, RiteAid, Kmart and Walmart. They can also be purchased online.

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These at home tests are pretty straightforward and easy to use. The tests require for a man to ejaculate into a collection cup. Then, much like an at home pregnancy tests, a dropper is used to place a few drops of the sample onto the testing device. Results are usually ready in five to ten minutes.

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The test will usually give a positive or negative result, or will give a one or two line result. The results will indicate whether or not a man’s sperm count is greater than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. This is the number that is considered “normal”.

3. What The Test Does

The at home sperm count tests that are on the market today are pretty reliable, about as reliable as at home pregnancy tests, which is pretty good. The tests can give a pretty good indication of sperm count in most men.

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However, the only problem with this is that sperm count is not a complete indication of a man’s fertility. There are still many other things that affect fertility, including sperm morphology (shape), sperm motility (movement), sperm vitality and sperm concentration.

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In short, these at home sperm count tests are a good basic starting point for male fertility. If a man receives a negative result from an at home sperm count test, it is a good idea for him to go ahead and make an appointment with a fertility specialist to have a full fertility workup done.

Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.