Approved At-Home Sperm Count Test
Newly Approved Do-it-Yourself Fertility Test!
Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved "SpermCheck," an at-home sperm count test for male fertility testing. Now men who are having difficulty conceiving with their partner can be tested from the privacy of their own homes rather than in the doctor's office or laboratory.
What is Sperm Count?
Sperm count is one of the fundamental male fertility tests and the very first test conducted in cases of suspected infertility. Sperm count is a measure of the number and concentration of sperm in a sample of semen, wherein a sperm count level at or above 20 million per milliliter is considered healthy or a positive test result. A sperm count below 20 million per milliliter is considered a negative test result and could indicate a problem.
At-Home Fertility Test Advantages
There are numerous benefits to at-home fertility tests such as sperm count tests.
•- At-home fertility tests are important diagnostic tools that help fertility experts determine the root of infertility problems
•- Can be carried out in the privacy of one's home, thus eliminating any embarrassment or shyness factor
•- Are painless, non-invasive, and easy to use
•- Low cost makes at-home fertility tests an appealing and affordable option in the process of being tested for infertility
•- Early diagnosis means early treatment
•- Can be easily purchases online and are increasingly found in pharmacies and drugstores
How to Use an At-Home Sperm Count Test
1. Purchase a sperm count test kit
2. Collect a semen sample
3. Mix the sample with the special dye that comes with sperm count test kits
4. Wait 15 minutes
5. Compare the color of the semen sample to the control color in the sperm count test kit
A semen sample darker in color than the control color in the sperm count test kit indicates a positive result, meaning healthy sperm levels. Often at-home fertility test kits allow for a second test to verify the results, which is highly recommended. However a second sperm count test should be conducted between Day 3 and Day 7 after the first sperm count test.
Sperm Count Test Follow-Up
It is important to understand that do-it-yourself fertility tests do NOT take the place of more accurate laboratory tests, nor can they garner as much information. While at-home fertility kits are a first step towards determining the root of a couple's inability to get pregnant, all test results should be shared with a fertility specialist who will then decide whether further tests are warranted. In the case of men, the next step would be to issue a complete semen analysis.