Home sperm tests

posted 1 week ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

My husband did one after finding out he had a varicocele during a physical exam. It’s so small that his dr does not recommend the surgery. 

My husband was curious to know so he did over of those $50 tests from Amazon, I believe it’s called Sperm check.

Results were positive but I guess we won’t really know until we start TTC. If we have issues after a few months then he’ll do a proper SA. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would just ask your doctor to order a normal one, you should be able to get that done without getting a full infertility work up. My doctors office does it for $100 if insurance doesn’t cover it, but ours was just the $50 copay. Both of which you’d still be able to use your FSA for.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

kooshball5 :  I would say don’t waste your money. These tests are not reliable and will either give you false reassurance or unwarrented worry.

You have only been trying for a month so give it some time before you start jumping to testing. Also how does hubby feel about this? Men can be very sensitive about this stuff especially if they have had an issue in that department before.

FWIW – if he had the testicle treated its not likely to massively affect fertility. They also only need one factory. My husband lost a testicle to mumps in our early 20s (Note to parents, vaccinate your kids) and I am 31 weeks pregnant with our second child. We did have fertility problems with our first but we were classed as unexplained and his sperm tests were fine. Him only having one factory made no difference to his sperm.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

kooshball5 :  I still wouldn’t bother until you’ve been trying at least 6 months or even a year (and you might find your GP won’t order any tests until then as well) You could do all this and then get pregnant next month so not necessary.

At the time my husband was ill they did offer him a test, but we were 23 so he didn’t take it as TTC was a long way off.

With my fertility history I am a big believer in giving it time trying first before going down the testing route. It is such an invasive and emotive process that if you do fall naturally it is not worth the pain. Most couples will get pregnant within 1 year of having regular unprotected sex.

Why do you have to use money by a certain date on medical expenses? (I am in the UK so not heard of this)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

kooshball5 :  Oh and I am sure my husband wouldn’t consider it ‘just loosing a testicle’…. just saying.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wouldn’t do an at home sperm test. The only thing they can tell you is if sperm is present. You could do one of those tests have it come out positive and think they’re’s nothing wrong. Then a year later your freaking out cause you haven’t gotten pregnant yet thinking it’s your fault when in reality his sperm count is low or the motility or morphology is bad. Those tests don’t check all of that stuff. 

And honestly you’ve been trying for one month. I get it that you know something might be wrong so it’s freaking you out, but you need to give it some time. There’s only a 20% chance that it will work any month, so it does take  time. At the very least wait 6 months and then go to your doctor and tell them your concerns. I’m seeing more and more people freaking out that they aren’t pregnant yet when it hasn’t even been six months just to get pregnant the next cycle. You might not think you’re freaking out but wanting to get a SA done after one month is kind of freaking out. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Agree with Dr_dazzle :  and Twizbe : . After only one month TTC there really isn’t any reason to start testing. Also OP you come off as very insensitive regarding “losing a testicle”.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

kooshball5 :  I am sure you meant no offense, but with all these things they CAN affect infertility not they DO. It is a very important distinction. I have a friend whose husband had testicular cancer yet still got pregnant naturally.

TBH – I would spend the money on something like Proxeed which our fertility specialist recommended to us (very good for sperm health) and is very expensive.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

kooshball5 :  Well then go ahead and go to your doctor. Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to do testing yet though. Even after I was trying for a year without one single bfp doctors were telling me it hadn’t been that long yet. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Dr_dazzle :  Same – I remember asking about whether we could get an early sperm test for hubby due to the mumps and that they had offered him one when the testicle died. Doctor said no and to give it more time.

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