More than 7 million couples struggle with conceiving each year, and oftentimes, it’s the woman who takes responsibility. “Women take the brunt of this, especially women who work longer before having babies,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
There are many over-the-counter products to determine if you’re fertile or have a good ovarian reserve:
• At home fertility tests: Test for ovarian reserve, egg quantity and quality.
• At-home ovulation kits: Ovulation is the most fertile time of a woman’s cycle, which is the release of an egg from an ovary. The luteinizing hormone that is constantly present in urine increases 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation, and is picked up by the test.
• At-home pregnancy test: The best time to test for pregnancy is the expected date of your next menstrual flow, but some products allow you to test up to four days earlier.
However, 30 percent of the time, trouble getting pregnant is due to a male fertility factor, and a new at-home test for men is taking some pressure off women.
The Spermcheck Fertility test is the only FDA-approved home test for men, and is said to be 98 percent accurate. It indicates if a male’s sperm count (link) is within normal range, about 20 million sperm per milliliter, in approximately 10 minutes.
“I think sperm count is a good thing for guys to get checked [in general] since there are medical conditions that can affect sperm count,” Dr. Lisa says.
“[Keeping] a [warm] laptop too long on groin area, sitting in a hot tub or [taking] certain medications can affect sperm count,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.