When you realize that you and your partner are unable to conceive a child naturally, questions about your fertility are raised. Throughout history, whenever a couple’s fertility came into question, the blame was typically placed on the woman. Nowadays we know that in almost half of infertility cases are the result of male infertility and because of this the emphasis of fertility treatments has really shifted in recent years.
Why Test Male Sperm?
The reason a couple would be inclined to perform a home test on male sperm is because low sperm count and lack of motility with the sperm are two major issues for men. When a couple is unable to conceive, it is often very difficult to tell exactly what is causing your infertility and performing an at home sperm test is a great way to identify, or at least attempt to identify your infertility problem. At home sperm tests can not only give you insight as to the motility of your sperm, but it can also give you a very accurate sperm count. One of the biggest male infertility problems is having an extremely low sperm count. If it turns out that a male’s sperm is the reason for your infertility, you can then accurately seek fertility treatment that will help you overcome your infertility.
How Home Sperm Tests Work
The best part of at home sperm tests are that they can be completed in the privacy of your own home and require minimal effort. At home sperm tests are very easy to conduct and are relatively inexpensive, especially compared with receiving a diagnostic test from a fertility clinic. As soon as you complete your at home sperm test you will be able to determine the count of your sperm within just a few minutes. Typically you will have to wait no more than 30 minutes before you see the results of your test. If you have a normal sperm count, you should have at least 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. If you are under the 20 million mark, you can do one of two things: retake the at home sperm test in a few days, or immediately seek the advice and services of a fertility clinic. Since one test is a bit of a small sample size, many doctors will recommend that you complete one or two tests before going to a fertility clinic.