Fertility Infertility Issues

All joking aside, you obviously need a willing partner! This is not something you can force someone into. My husband was resistant to any kind of testing; he was, and is, adamant that our fertility issues are not attributed to him. (Not to make him out to be the bad guy – I have a history of female issues, so the logical explanation to our infertility is…me!)

I had suggested the home sperm testing kits for years, and he wanted nothing to do with them. I nagged and nagged, to no avail. So I stopped for a while, got a fertility monitor, fertility watch, fertility tea, fertility vitamins, pretty much anything having to do with fertility! I’m not sure what made him change his mind, but we were on vacation in Hawaii, and saw an story about Fertell, the first FDA approved home fertility test, on Good Morning America. He just looked at me and said, “Why don’t you buy that when we get home?” It is essentially a couples kit, with fertility tests for both. Knowing that this is a sensitive issue with him, I opened the kit and read all of the directions. I handed him his part of the test and told him the basics and importance of timing. I then left it in his capable hands, no pun intended, and didn’t mention it again until a week later when he gave me his completed test. Of course, I heard him coming down the hall shouting and doing the happy dance, so I figured the results were good!

That’s basically the emotional side of home sperm testing. If you are actually looking for the technical answer, read on.

I can only speak for Fertell, which is the test my husband used. It can be no more than 7 and no less than 2 days since your last ejaculation. The sperm sample should be a result of masturbation, not sex, and certainly not produced from a condom. I understand that each test is different, so you’ll need to refer to the directions, but we had our answer in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Good luck!