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Male Sperm Count
How To Test
Your Sperm Count
Your sperm count
(and overall fertility) pretty much
the first thing that will be called into question
when a couple is having trouble conceiving. Getting your sperm count tested
to find out if you're fertile enough to get your partner
pregnant is easy and very important. Otherwise you
may be wasting your time and efforts.
First, some facts about sperm
counts and fertility. In order for a man to be
considered "fertile" enough for conception, you need to
satisfy certain criteria:
at least 20 million sperm
cells per mL of ejaculate
there must be enough
volume of seminal fluid upon ejaculation
the sperm cells must be
"motile" and healthy
In order to have
a fully comprehensive test for all of these factors,
you'll need to see a fertility specialist doctor.
Knowing if you're fertile
or not is imperative for your potential pregnancy.
Clinical Male Fertility Testing vs.
"Home Sperm Count Test"
There are now a few home fertility tests available for
men, but they're not as comprehensive as a clinical test
by a fertility doctor.
When you visit a fertility doctor, they will ask you to
ejaculate into a specimen bottle. They do a full
fertility test on your specimen - testing your sperm
count, motility, and a few other factors. They
will be able to tell you if your ejaculate has a healthy
overall composition in order to impregnate your partner.
home test is not as comprehensive, but is still helpful
in it's own way.
A home sperm count test for men will not tell
you if your sperm cells are healthy, or how motile they
are. What it can tell you is if you have enough
sperm cells per mL of your ejaculate. This is the
#1 factor in male fertility, so the best way to look at
a home fertility test for men is as an elimination test.
If you can't pass the sperm cell count test at home, you
need to see a fertility doctor.
Passing a sperm count test at home does NOT guarantee
that you're fertile enough. It simply can't test all
of the different factors that go into male fertility. It CAN
however tell you if you don't have enough sperm cells.
(Take the time to understand this: you may have enough
sperm cells to pass the home test, but your cells might
not be motile enough to swim up to the egg - passing the
test at home is NOT A GUARANTEE OF FERTILITY.)
Where Can I Buy A Home Fertility Test Kit For Men?
"Can I Buy One
We've found only
one reputable male home fertility test kit, manufactured
by a British company called "BabyStart". BabyStart
specializes in fertility products, as their name
manufacture and sell the only FDA approved home sperm
count test kits available to men.
We've found a
few different places to buy their kit(s), called
FertilMARQ, including straight from their own
website. Without us placing any orders, we are
hesitant to recommend any other website other than
direct from the manufacturer at
that while their test will tell you if you have enough
sperm cells per mL of ejaculate (your sperm count),
it is no guarantee of having impeccable fertility.
It should be used as a guideline, and if you fail the
test you need to see a male fertility specialist