A home male fertility test is easy to do at home, and can help men figure out if they’re possibly infertile. But, a fertility test for men does not provide in-depth sperm analysis or diagnose infertility. Only a urologist or fertility specialist can do that.
Why, then, would you take a male fertility test at home? For two reasons: 1) To avoid the awkwardness or embarrassment of doing a sperm test at the doctor’s office or lab; and 2) to give you an idea of how strong and numerous your sperm are.
There are two different types of home tests for sperm count and motility, such as the Micra Sperm Test – At Home Test for Sperm Count and Motility.
If you take a fertility test at home, I encourage you to also make an appointment to see your doctor. I know it’s embarrassing, but the only one who can diagnose fertility problems and help you get pregnant is a medical doctor.
That said, however, you might want to take these two male fertility tests for a spin…
How Common is Male Infertility?
If you’re having problems getting pregnant, don’t assume the woman is having a fertility issue! About half of all infertility cases may be attributable to men’s general health and sperm health. Many male fertility problems can be treated by eating the right foods (some foods increase sperm count), making health changes, and taking the right vitamin supplements, or undergoing certain medical procedures.
The best way to find out if low sperm count is the cause of your inability to get pregnant is to take a sperm test! Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed; it’s a normal fertility test that millions of men undergo every year.
Home male fertility tests may not be as reliable as a doctor’s analysis, but they can break the ice and get you started on the road to pregnancy!
Male Fertility Tests You Can Do at Home
Here are two at-home sperm test kits to consider: PreConceive Plus (formerlyFertilMarq) and the Micra Sperm Test.
The SpermCheck Fertility sperm test tests for two types of male fertility problems. It can confirm the presence or absence of sperm (the absence of sperm is azoospermia – and it represents a bit of an obstacle to getting pregnant!). And, this home male fertility test also gives an indication of sperm concentration and count (Oligospermia). It can help you determine if sperm count is too low – especially if you know how to analyze sperm count.
This home fertility test includes a system that stains the cells in a sperm sample. They turn a certain color. The intensity or shade of the color result will, when compared with a control template on the test, tell you if your sperm sample falls below the 20 million sperm per/mL level.
The Micra Sperm Test is a newer addition to the male fertility tests you can do at home. This test comes with a microscope system that contains a visual “grid” or “field” system built into the lens. When you view your semen sample, you’ll be able to compare your result with interpretive guidelines/images provided.
This test also allows you to determine if you have sperm, and if your sperm counts are low or normal. But this test doesn’t just give you a yes/no color response; it gives you a more in-depth look – and it allows you to test for sperm motility (asthenospermia) as well.
Remember that these fertility tests or semen analysis kits don’t provide a “diagnosis” of male infertility. And they may not explain why you can’t get pregnant! Rather, they’re tools to help you figure out if you have obvious male fertility problems.
No matter what the results of the male fertility test, I encourage you to see your doctor if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year.
To learn more about male and female fertility, read Tried Everything to Get Pregnant, Nothing Works? The Next Steps.