New on Drugstore Shelves: Male Fertility Tests Photo: Erin McFarland Photography
You’ve heard about take-home female fertility tests, but what about for men? According to ABC News, Walgreens and CVS are planning to put a sperm-count measuring kit, SpermCheck Fertility, on shelves this April. The stores already offer them online. So how exactly does the test work? A guy will have to mix his semen with a solution from the kit and put it on a test strip. The test will show a red line or no color. The red line indicates that the sperm count is over 20 million per milliliter, while a test with no color means that he might want to see a doctor. The test is supposedly pretty reliable, too. Makers say it correctly counted sperm 96% of the time during studies.
But is it a good idea to try? Some experts worry that men will freak out if they receive a negative test without going to the doctor for an official exam. Also, the test only measures sperm count, which is just one of the major things specialists look for when determining fertility -- the sperm’s shape, mobility and its volume are also factors in male fertility.
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