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How Do You Get Pregnant

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Male Fertility Test

Each year, about 7 million couples have found themselves having fertility issues. In 40-50 percent of couples' infertility cases, it's the man that's in need of infertility treatments. The majority of the time, this is due to low 'swimmers' count in the male. A low count in 'swimmers' is the leading cause of male infertility. But, some say that as many as 80 percent can't afford or are too embarrassed to get diagnosed. Because of this, only about 20 percent get an early diagnosis. A normal count, which can be measured with a male fertility test, is more than 20 million per milliliter.

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Test Results

Counts below this number are considered to be low, although conception is still possible. If the male fertility test results find the count to be low, there are blood tests that can be ran to try to find out why. The blood testosterone test can help determine whether the pituitary gland or the testes can be the problem.
Follicle-stimulating hormone level tests, also known as FSH, can let a man know whether he's producing at all. The Luteinizing Hormone, known as LH, which is responsible for the stimulation of testosterone production. This test can also help determine problems with the pituitary gland.

In some cases, the man's body makes abnormal antibodies that can fight against his 'swimmers'. These antibodies actively seek special proteins in the man's bloodstream to help with the fight. This problem can also be caused by a follicle stimulating hormone. Antibody blood tests can help diagnose this issue. A urinalysis test can be performed to look for white bloods cells, which are a clue that there may be some type of infection causing the fertility issues. There are also ultrasounds and some evasive procedures that can help with diagnosis. The male fertility test cost can be pretty expensive.

Over The Counter Kits

Fortunately for men with no insurance or embarrassment issues, there are male fertility test over the counter kits that can help. These kits are available at local drug stores and online. These FDA-approved testing kits provide a less expensive and confidential way for men to test for low counts. There are a few brands currently being sold. The American company, Pria Diagnostics, has developed Element, their answer to the home testing kit. According to the manufacture, this kit can diagnose levels as low as one million per milliliter, with over 90 percent accuracy. This will help couples decide if fertility treatments are needed.

Home Tests

Kokopelli Technologies has an entire product line dedicated to male fertility test home kits. The BabyStart Kit is a simple kit that uses a color indicator for easy reading of low levels. The Fertell Couples Kit measures the mobility of the 'swimmers', which determines whether they are capable of fertilizing the eggs. Kokopelli Technologies reports a 95 percent accuracy rate, with results in about 90 minutes. These home testing kits are very simple to use. In most cases, you simply add the supplied solution to the sample for what the FDA are calling 'reliable test results'.


Once the sample count is measured, simple, colored lines indicate whether there's a problem or not. Prominent OBGYNs and fertility specialists are backing the male fertility test kit Walgreens now sells. They say that while they're not a substitute for qualified and professional lab tests, they do provide a confidential way for men to begin the process of finding out if they may need to seek further testing. If the male is determined not to be the problem, that's when the couple can look into other options. Some of these include the
IVF process or the IUI procedure.