SpermCheck has arrived and is filling the shelves of your neighborhood drug store as I write. Â What is it? Â It’s an over-the-counter FDA approved home male fertility test. Â What does it do? Â It tells you whether you have more than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
That’s a good thing, right? Â Generally, yes. Â It’s good to know whether you have a reasonable amount of sperm, which SpermCheck says isÂ 20 million per milliliter.Â The problem is in the yes-or-no nature of the test and in picking the number 20 million. Â As I described in this post, you can get a woman pregnant with sperm counts less than 20 million perÂ milliliter and have problems with more than that amount. Â The numbers of swimmers don’t tell the whole story.
So, will SpermCheck help you? Â For most men, probably. Â Having a positive or negative result will point them in the right direction. Â But for the handful of guys that get the OK from the test when they have a problem or for those that get the thumbs-down from the test that are fertile, it’s not telling the whole story. Â According to the manufacturer, the guys that are getting it wrong is about one in twenty. Â If you’re OK with that, great–if not, you may want to see a doctor.