When we think about problems with fertility, we almost always begin thinking about the various female problems that can cause issues with fertility. However, roughly half of all fertility problems experienced by couples are due to a male factor. In terms of male factor infertility, the three most common causes are a low sperm count, low sperm motility, and abnormal sperm. Of these, a low sperm count is by far the most common. A low sperm count is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having a concentration of less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Fortunately, a low sperm count is also generally the most treatable condition in terms of male factor infertility. Unfortunately, testing and treatment for a low sperm count can often be costly, and often requires multiple visits to a health care provider. Fortunately, there is a way to do a sperm test at home.
There are a variety of sperm count tests that a man may be able to do at home. One of the most popular and, according to manufacturers, most reliable sperm tests is the FertiliMARQ kit. The FertiliMARQ kit, as well as other sorts of sperm count tests that you can do at home, don’t directly give you a sperm count. Rather, the tests will react specifically to a certain amount of sperm in the semen. If there is a concentration equal to or above 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen, then the test will show a given result. If the concentration is less than this, the test will give a different result.
Most of the time, home sperm count tests will require the man to test his semen at least twice. The second test will typically be taken within 3 to 7 days. If the tests give different results, then the man may do another sperm test at home after 10 weeks. If after the second group of tests the results are different, then it is recommended that the man speak with his health care provider, as the test would seem to be unable to correctly measure the man’s sperm count. When used properly, home sperm tests can be as much as 90% accurate when detecting a low sperm count.
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