Would men prefer home sperm count test vs. visit to urologist?

Men now have the option of a home sperm count test instead of carrying sperm or ejaculating at a urologist’s office.

SpermCheck Fertility is set to hit drugstores, such as Walgreen’s and CVS in April. Men can already buy it online now.

From ABC News:

“The $40 test is set to hit stores in April. To use it, a man mixes his semen with a solution in the kit and drops it onto a test strip. A reddish line means the sperm count is above 20 million per milliliter, which is considered normal. A negative test shows no color and means the man should “should consult a physician about a complete fertility evaluation,” according to the kit’s instructions.”

Studies have found the SpermCheck Fertility counting to be correct 96 percent of the time compared with lab counting methods. But doctors warn that sperm count is only one aspect of male fertility.

From ABC News:

“ ‘There are four major things we look for,’ said Dr. James Goldfarb, a fertility specialist at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland: The number of sperm; their shape; their mobility; and the volume of the ejaculate. ‘This test only measures one thing.’”

Also doctors warn that sperm counts can vary widely week to week.

So is this a product that you and your spouse would be interested in using if you were having problems? Would you trust it? Would you want to retest over several weeks to look for differences? Or would you rather just go to a urologist? How badly would your husband want to avoid the awkward visit to ejaculate at  the urologist’s office?

22 comments Add your comment

shaggy

February 9th, 2012
6:40 am

What, and give up our classic “literature” in the urologist’s little “procedure” room? Have you maybe considered that we might like that “literature”?
You won ‘t let us have it a home, and now, you want to take it away…wrenched right out of our left hand, in the name of convenience. Plus, you will be wanting a count of our little guys, like a twisted book report or something.
What’s next…the tissue dispenser? I didn’t sign up for this when I was assigned testicles. It took a trip through adolescence (which is ongoing) to even learn how to use those puppies safe and correctly. They can be dangerous when handled incorrectly, with many reports of injury due to sudden explosion, even at night.

nelson

February 9th, 2012
7:03 am

That is a great question. I really like it. Could this develop into the All-American pastime. On those long cold, dreary winternights when there is nothing to do and you do not want to go out. “Well there is nothing else to do, I guess I’ll count my sperm”. Or , I can’t sleep, I’m going to count sperm”
It will be a welcome change from counting sheep.
Or, when a guy wants to give his best girl a little thrill, he could say, “Honey, how would you like to count sperm?” I can see a whole new chapter for romance.

John Whad

February 9th, 2012
7:19 am

I’m fine dropping samples with any of my ladies or at the office. The nurses at my urologist are very hands on – some even more than that and I often take repeated tests to ensure accuracy

Bob

February 9th, 2012
7:34 am

…and the juvenile comments have begun.

ABC

February 9th, 2012
7:48 am

justmy2cents

February 9th, 2012
8:22 am

@ shaggy…..you must be right handed :o)

No problems to worry about for my hubby, so this is a non-issue for us. My opinion is that the male would probably prefer to go to the Dr.’s office vs home so the female is not hanging over his shoulder to try and read the results. A little less pressure and instant blame game if the results are low. Of course, if done at home, she could lend him a hand…or a few other things. :o)

Me

February 9th, 2012
8:28 am

Are performing sperm counts that common?? Now I know I’m getting old – I don’t feel old and I don’t act old – but I’m obviously getting there – at least physically – mentally is subject to debate.
I have had the great “V” procedure so subsequent to that is the only time I’ve ever “performed” for a sperm count.
Next thing you know they will have home mammogram kits — oh, wait…

Techmom

February 9th, 2012
8:53 am

I could see how men would use this more so after having a vasectomy vs going back to the doctors office multiple times.

I do think home tests can help determine if you need to visit a doctors office without wasting the time and money before hand. I would love to see home tests for UTIs, flu or strep. If positive, then you know you need to visit the doctor.

  

February 9th, 2012
9:08 am

…and the juvenile comments have begun.

Much like yours, and your attitude?

Lighten up there, Einstein.

Fred

February 9th, 2012
10:33 am

@Nelson: Hilarious. Like you, I didn’t know I was SUPPOSED to count the little guys………..

Fred

February 9th, 2012
10:33 am

So how many am I supposed to have anyway?

Augusta

February 9th, 2012
10:40 am

@Fred – apparently only one is necessary to do the trick…LOL

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 9th, 2012
10:54 am

I forgot to link out to the story — it’s up there now — sorry — it had the total number that would be considered good/normal.

Soccer MILF

February 9th, 2012
11:33 am

As long as there is a tall stack of mags and a video playing my husband will be good either way.I think the home test should do some creative things to make it more enticing. Maybe a picture with a hole to put the cup in. Make it a game!

K's mom

February 9th, 2012
11:38 am

I have had 4 female surgeries in an effort to preserve my fertility and to get pregnant. My husband has had to have one sperm count test, to make sure he had no issues in case we had to start fertility treatments. Thank God we did not have to go further than the 4 surgeries. It is such an easy thing for guys to do and in our case, we wanted a professional doing all of the analysis because my issues were so vast that we needed to know exactly what we were dealing with. I just do not see how a home test can provide all of the data that my physician gave us.

My question is why men are so weirded out by a vasectomy? We have friends who are so selfish and will not even consider the procedure and so their wives either continue to take hormonal birth control or have more invasive tubal ligations. I just do not get it.

Kat

February 9th, 2012
11:39 am

This sounds better for a Dad blog than one for Moms, hence the comments. Not sure why this should be surprising. Women’s issues always seem to be more costly than men’s. And now, men can do their own sperm counts at home too! How they count that high, I’ll never know. I say give the men their peace and quiet in the doctor’s office. If they aren’t getting it enough at home, it isn’t the sperm count; it’s the quantity of times that things are happening.

Two interesting topics:
News story regarding the female basketball coach who got the “Plan B” drug for her underage student, who then had a bad reaction.

The apparent kidnapping attempt at a Wal-Mart of a young child; would it be helpful to show this video to my kids? I intend to; do I want them to be scared of this – yep!

Tough and close love doesn’t hurt; unattended or indifferent love can!

Soccer MILF

February 9th, 2012
11:49 am

For some weird reason my husband dives 4 hours out of the way to see a specfic urologist. He says she is korean and has an extensive background in this type of analysis. Said she is very hands on. I drive 4 hours to get my hair done so to each his own.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Kat — those are two good one — I already have one written and set to pop up any minute but maybe I can do those for tomorrow. I’ll see what I get written — thanks for those suggestions — both are excellent!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 9th, 2012
12:00 pm

Kat — I just pulled my noon topic for today — I will put up Wal-Mart in just a minute — thanks for suggesting

Augusta

February 9th, 2012
12:17 pm

What I want to know about the Wal-Mart kidnapping, is WHERE WAS THE PARENT??????

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

I think she was on an aisle over which I have to say happens in the Target to us – I’ll be with Lilina in an aisle and Walsh may be on the boy’s aisle and Rose on another — so I’m within earshot but I may not be on the same aisle as them —

The blog it up on it — move the conversation over there

☺☻ Have A Smile!

February 10th, 2012
8:47 am

For some weird reason my husband dives 4 hours out of the way to see a specfic urologist. He says she is korean and has an extensive background in this type of analysis. Said she is very hands on. I drive 4 hours to get my hair done so to each his own.

His highly-skilled urologist wouldn’t be located on Buford Highway by any chance, would she?

Great post by the way. :)