Home sperm test: description and how it works

The home sperm test kit is a quick self-evaluation device for male fertility allowing the detection of the quantity of spermatozoa in a man’s semen. With the spermcheck fertility home test, you can test your chances of having children at home in a few minutes. This test can help to determine whether non-conception during sexual intercourse at the time of ovulation may be due to a lower than average sperm count: because a low sperm concentration may indicate a lower probability of pregnancy. In this case, it is advisable to consult a health care professional to discuss the next steps. Furthermore, a positive result only indicates the quantity of sperm, not their quality.

When to do a male fertility test?

If a couple has been trying unsuccessfully for a long time to have a child, fertility tests are recommended for both partners. A man may, however, decide to have a sperm test done earlier if he knows he has a fertility problem. Examples include a known history of infertility, a medical history of mumps in adulthood, impotence, a genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis, previous cancer treatments, previous surgery to the genitourinary tract, penis or testicles.

Sperm testing: how to collect sperm?

It is recommended to observe a period of sexual abstinence of at least 2 days before collecting the semen for analysis, because in case of pathological results, the variations could be due to a too short or too long period of abstinence. In order to allow a natural washing of the ejaculatory tract by regular urination, it is recommended to drink a lot of water (about 1.5 liters of water per day) during the 2 days before you perform the test. It is preferable to postpone the collection in case of high fever, as a fever can significantly alter the quality and number of sperm, which can lead to a false result of the semen test. The semen is collected by masturbation, in a sterile bottle, after urinating and disinfecting.

What is the purpose of the home sperm test?

Although the sperm test is highly reliable, it is essential to note that a low sperm count is not necessarily a sign of infertility. Other parameters must be taken into account in the diagnosis. The objective of this self-test is to facilitate the man’s referral to a health professional in order to carry out, with his partner, an infertility evaluation. Therefore, the home sperm test should not be used as a substitute for a spermogram.