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New over-the-counter sperm test claims to help men test their fertility

By Courtny Gerrish, Tim Meulemans. CREATED May 4, 2012

Over 11 million couples try to have a baby each year. Half of those couples have fertility issues. For a man, going to the doctor to get checked out can be rough.

Can a new take-home test deliver accurate results?

Milwaukee resident Darin Rosenvold tells us, "You know what, honestly, I probably needed this 6 months ago."

When Darin and his wife wanted to start a family it didn't happen right away. He wishes he would have had a home fertility test.

"It easily outweighs the embarassment that it takes to look into a nurses eyes and she knows, and you know, exactly what you're going to be doing in that private room," Darin exclaims.

A home test gives you the privacy. That's why SpermCheck's CEO Ray Lopez says his product is perfect.

"You can do it in the privacy of your own home, and you might even have a little bit of fun while you're doing it, and in ten minutes, you're going to find out if there is an issue or not," Lopez says.

This home fertility test is much like a home pregnancy test. Everything you need comes in the box. Obtain a sample, mix in a solution, and put it on a strip.

Lopez explains, "A vast majority of the time, where there is an infertility issue, sperm count is part of the problem."

A Milwaukee woman we spoke to liked the idea.

"I'd probably buy something like this," she says, talking about a boyfriend. She adds, "Compared to them saying, 'Yeah, I've been checked out. I know."

The test gives you the concentration of sperm in semen, but Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Urology Professor Jay Sandlow says there's more to fertility than that. "It's the interpretation, I think, where it might fall a little short."

Dr. Sandlow says there are other impotency factors, like sperm count and sperm motility. Those factors need to be tested in a qualified lab.

"Having a real semen analysis, that gives us much more information than just the concentration, and then act on that," Dr. Sandlow explains.

A sperm check at the lab will take a bit more time than the at-home 10 minute test. For Darin it took a bit more time than that. No test, but still positive results.

"Kid is due in July, by the way. It's a little boy," Darin beams.

The test is available online or at Walgreens and CVS for around $40.