WOMEN

At Home Male Fertility Test Debuts, Checks Sperm Count Level

02/27/2012 05:57 pm ET

For couples struggling to conceive, tackling fertility issues often falls to the woman.

But now there's a new way to pinpoint fertility problems without leaving your home, Bloomberg News reports. Even more revolutionary, the test is for men.

Dubbed SpermCheck Fertility, the new home kit allows men to determine whether or not their sperm count levels are adequate for conception with a simple test in lieu of an expensive and possibly embarrassing doctor visit.

In order to take the test, the man must combine his semen with a solution in a bottle and then put drops of the mixture on a test strip, explains Bloomberg. A red line indicates the sperm count is normal, while a negative result shows no color.

Already approved by the FDA and ready for commercial sale, SpermCheck assesses sperm count with 98 percent accuracy in about 10 minutes, explains TIME magazine.

According to Spermcheck's website, more than 7 million couples are affected by infertility problems each year, though only 20% of men get tested even though half are actually the one responsible for the couple's inability to conceive.

"Men have historically avoided this type of semen analysis because it can be embarrassing and inconvenient for them to go to a physician or lab for this type of test," Ray Lopez, CEO of SpermCheck said in a press statement.

Stores will begin stocking the $39.99 test in April. Until then, consumers can purchase the kit online from Walgreens and CVS.

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