Fertility Tests for Men: How to Check Fertility in Men

on Sep 18, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Male Fertility Testing

If you are struggling with male infertility, try these various male fertility testing options, from at-home testing to laboratory testing, to find out the cause of your infertility.

If you are experiencing infertility issues, it is usually recommended that one of the first things that you look into is male fertility testing. This is because about half of the time, the fertility issues are due to a problem with the guy’s sperm. The testing for male fertility issues is way less invasive and way less expensive than the testing for female issues, so it is usually a good place to start. We want to answer any questions that you may have, so today we are going to explore a little bit more about male fertility testing, to try to answer your questions and keep you informed. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

At-home testing

Believe it or not, you can check your sperm at home. For around $40, you can buy a kit at your local drugstore to help perform a basic sperm check. The at home testing kit claims to have the same level of results as a lab test, and can let you know within 10 minutes if you have a normal or low sperm count. That is all that the over the counter test can tell you though. Only normal or low, no further details. The instructions on the test seem very straightforward and easy to use and understand. This test could be a good option for couples just starting to explore infertility, or couples who don’t have insurance that would allow them to have this checked out at a doctor’s office.

Initial infertility visit

If you decide to visit a doctor to explore if male infertility is the problem, be prepared for a series of tests. A urologist is the doctor you will need to see. You will most likely receive a full physical exam, as well as complete a thorough medical history evaluation. You will also need to produce a semen sample for testing while you are at the doctor’s office, so be prepared for that. The sperm/semen analysis will be the first step in determining what the problem is. Usually a urinalysis will also be performed to make sure that there are not any infections present.

Hormonal evaluation

If the physical and semen analysis doesn’t tell of any problems, your doctor might want to do a hormonal evaluation. Hormones in the brain are what control sperm production, so they can have a part in the problem as well. Genetic testing also comes into play sometimes, if the doctor feels like there might be a genetic problem for infertility.

Further testing

Usually no further testing beyond what is described will be necessary. However, sometimes there is evidence to warrant further testing. Sometimes the doctor might want to perform an X-ray to see if there are any blockages that are keeping sperm from flowing properly. An ultrasound might also need to be done. Your doctor can determine if further testing needs to be done in your particular case.

These are usually the basics of male fertility testing. Depending on your particular situation, you may need a few, or more of these tests. If these tests show no male fertility issues, your doctor might suggest that you explore more in the treatment of female infertility to see if the female partner has a medical issue.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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