Answering About Home Fertility Tests
We’ve come a long way in the world of fertility testing. When a couple is thinking of conceiving or is having problems conceiving, they can find out if there are problems without having to turn to fertility specialists right away, thanks to home fertility tests.
What Kinds of Home Fertility Tests Are Available?
For some time now there have been several home fertility tests for women and now, there are even home fertility tests for men. Women can use ovulation predictor kits to help them in their attempt to conceive by letting them know when they are ovulating and most likely to get pregnant. There are also FSH tests that can alert a woman to infertility or even looming menopause. And, mucus tests are also available that test the woman’s cervical mucus to help her gauge when she will be ovulating. For men there are new sperm tests available that use a small sample of semen to check the sperm count and indicate whether or not there is a problem with the sperm—all in the comfort and privacy of home.
Do Home Fertility Tests Work?
With many of these home fertility tests being rather new, there isn’t a whole lot of information available on their success rates. Much like taking a home pregnancy test; home fertility tests may not be where you would stop should they indicate a problem. They are a good start because of their ease and cost. In the case of male fertility tests, a home test is worth considering if you’re having trouble conceiving before continuing onto female fertility testing which can be quite expensive and stressful. It also allows a man to check his fertility without having to endure the time, expense or even embarrassment of going to a professional for fertility testing. While there’s nothing to be ashamed of, it has been proven that many men will put off getting checked for male fertility problems out of embarrassment. This often leads to the female partner having to undergo unnecessary testing.
If you use a home fertility test and it indicates a problem, then your next step is to speak to your doctor who can refer you to a fertility specialist for further investigation.
Are They Expensive?
Home fertility tests can range in price from $20 to over $100 depending on the type of test, the brand, etc. This is considerably less expensive than professional fertility testing and definitely a good starting point for couples who have concerns about their fertility.