Is There A Way To Do A Sperm Test At Home?

The two most common problems for men, in terms of fertility issues, are a low sperm count and low sperm motility. In fact, almost half of the fertility problems that couples experience are due to a male factor, including a low sperm count or low sperm motility. In the past, the only way to diagnose a low sperm count or low sperm motility was to utilize a health care provider. Yet, these health care provider visits can be embarrassing, and they can be costly. Fortunately, there is a way to do a sperm test at home.

There are sperm tests that a man can do at home that measure sperm count, as well as tests that will measure sperm motility. One brand of  kit, for example, will measure sperm count. If a man has a low sperm count, which is defined as less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen, this sort of test will let the man know that. There are other sperm tests a man can do at home to test his sperm motility, or the way that sperm moves forward. Both of these sorts of sperm tests can be relatively accurate. Should one of these tests give a conflicting result, of course, a man should consider speaking with his health care provider.

Doing a sperm test at home is, generally, a relatively simple process. The man first will collect semen using a condom that is provided with the sperm test kit. The semen is generally then combined with a solution or solutions to provide a result. The results of these tests are typically given as a color change in the semen, with a certain color indicating that there are fewer than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen, and another color indicating that there are 20 million or more sperm per milliliter of semen.

Last modified: February 10, 2013