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March 26, 2023
With at-home testing, it has become easier for people with sperm to take control of their reproductive health. While fertility has historically been considered an issue that primarily affects the person with eggs, increasingly more people with sperm are engaging as one half of the fertility equation.
In fact, the male factor — which includes sperm health and sexual dysfunction — is the sole cause of infertility in about 30% of infertility cases and contributes to another 20% where both male and female infertility are at play. Learn more about how at-home sperm testing can provide deeper insights into your fertility health.
Sperm testing is a medical analysis to determine the quality and quantity of sperm in an individual’s semen. It is often performed as part of a fertility evaluation and can be helpful for people who have concerns about their fertility.
At-home sperm testing offers a convenient and private way for individuals to better understand their sperm health and fertility status — no more awkward doctor appointments required. With the advancements in technology and accessibility of testing kits, at-home testing can deliver clinic-grade results so people don’t need to sacrifice convenience for accuracy. Testing from home is also a more affordable option compared to in-office testing.
Getting started with at-home sperm testing is a fast and easy process that starts with ordering a testing kit online. At Legacy, each kit comes with a sterile sample cup, a foam insulating structure to keep a stable temperature and prevent leaking during transportation, a transport media — a vial of pink fluid — to keep the sample viable during shipping, a tamper-proof strip to securely seal the shipping box, and free overnight shipping to send your sample to our lab for analysis.
Once you receive your kit at home, use it within 7 days of delivery, and abstain from ejaculating for 2–5 days before producing your sample. When you’re ready to produce your sample, wash your hands thoroughly and ejaculate directly into the sample cup. Add the transport media to the sample cup and give it a swirl to mix. Securely close the cup with the provided lid and prepare the package for shipping by following the instructions in the kit. Then, send the package to our lab with the prepaid overnight label.
After our lab receives your kit, our team of scientists will evaluate your semen sample for the key indicators of sperm health, including:
These results will be available in your online dashboard within 48 hours of our lab receiving your sample.
After you receive your results, you may be interested in identifying ways to improve your sperm health. It is important to understand there are several factors that can impact your results, some that are within your control and others that may not be:
If you are trying to conceive and have concerns about your fertility, it is important to make changes to your lifestyle and address any underlying medical conditions. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in regular physical activity can improve sperm count and fertility. Additionally, avoiding exposure to environmental toxins and reducing stress where possible can also have a positive impact on fertility.
Receiving your results from an at-home sperm test is a big step in taking control of your health and fertility. If you are trying to conceive but have concerns about your fertility, you should consult with a fertility specialist. They can help you determine the underlying cause of any fertility issues and recommend the best course of action to improve your fertility and increase the chances of conception.
In some cases, the best course of action after receiving your sperm test results is to look into sperm freezing options. With Legacy, you can easily add on one year of storage for only $145. Sperm freezing may appeal to a range of individuals, including:
Working with a fertility specialist can help you decide if sperm freezing is a good option to consider to preserve your fertility, and if so, whether your results from the at-home sperm test are viable.
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