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.
“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?