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The Pros and Cons of Fertell® - The At-Home Fertility Test for Men and Women

The Pros and Cons of Fertell® - The At-Home Fertility Test for Men and Women

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For couples trying to get pregnant, each month can bring a period of excitement, anxiety, and, ultimately, despair when a couple learns that their efforts have failed. After just a month or two of failed attempts, some men and women begin to question their ability to conceive.

However, most doctors will not perform fertility tests - nor will health insurance policies cover them - until couples have been trying to achieve pregnancy for at least one year. For these couples, the Fertell® at-home fertility tests may help to relieve at least some of their stress by screening for some of the more common causes of male and female factor infertility.

The Male Fertility Test

Sperm motility refers to the sperm's ability to swim, penetrate the cervical mucus, and fertilize the egg. The Fertell® Male fertility test evaluates sperm motility according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, which requires a minimum of 10 million motile sperm per milliliter of semen for a man's sperm motility to be considered normal.

Men who wish to measure sperm motility using this at-home fertility test must discharge a semen sample directly into the Fertell® collection container. After the sample has been allowed to sit for 30 minutes, the testing device is placed on the semen sample container. Finally, the blue start button is pressed to begin the sperm motility analysis.

Once the test begins, a chemical mixture is released into the sperm "swim-up" chamber, which is designed to act as the female's cervical mucus. The sperm are allowed to swim through the fluid for 30 minutes. Those sperm that are able to swim through the solution are coded red and considered motile sperm. Two red lines will appear if sperm motility is normal, while one red line indicates that sperm motility is below WHO guidelines.

Pros of the Male At-Home Fertility Test

  • Can be used by men who do not qualify for fertility testing covered by their health insurance
  • Available at most drugstores
  • Does not require a prescription
  • Similar to the initial male fertility screening performed by doctors
  • Generally less expensive than fertility tests performed at infertility clinics
  • Measures sperm count and motility, two of the most common causes of male factor infertility according to WebMD
  • More accurate than previous male at-home fertility tests, with a 95-percent accuracy rate
  • Approved by the FDA

Cons of the Male At-Home Fertility Test

The Female Fertility Test

Poor ovarian reserve, or the inability of the ovaries to produce eggs that are capable of fertilization, is a common cause of female factor infertility. The most widely used test to evaluate ovarian reserve is the day 3 FSH test, which measures the level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) released by a woman on the third day of her period.

Designed to measure FSH levels according to American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines, the Fertell® Female fertility test allows women to conduct the day 3 FSH test from the comfort of their homes. Women who undergo the Fertell® at-home fertility test will find it similar to an at-home pregnancy test; the designated tip of the device must come into direct contact with the female's urine for five seconds.

During the next 30 minutes, the FSH in the urine responds to the specially designed testing tip. The "results" area must then be compared to the reference line to determine whether ovarian reserve is normal. If no red line appears, or a red line lighter than the reference line appears, ovarian reserve is likely normal. If a red line that is the same color or darker than the reference line appears in the results window, it may be an indicator of poor ovarian reserve.

Pros of the Female At-Home Fertility Test

  • Can be used by women who do not qualify for fertility testing covered by their health insurance
  • Available at most drugstores
  • Does not require a prescription
  • Similar to the initial female fertility screening performed by doctors
  • Generally less expensive than fertility tests performed at infertility clinics
  • Measures FSH, an indicator of ovarian reserve (12 percent of female factor infertility was caused by diminished ovarian reserve, according to a study by the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology)
  • Boasts a 95-percent accuracy rate
  • FDA approved

Cons of the Female At-Home Fertility Test

Cost of the Fertell® At Home Fertility Tests

The Fertell® fertility tests are relatively inexpensive, available without a prescription, and sold at most drugstores.

  • The Couples test - $69.99 each
  • The Male test - $59.99 each
  • The Female test - $39.99 each

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