Infertility: At-Home Assessment

Infertility may affect both men and women and may be due to various primary or secondary factors. When it comes to assessing fertility, this may be done by a fertility doctor, but there are also some at-home methods that may be used.

At-Home Tests for Women

Women may detect their time of ovulation and test the consistency of their cervical mucus, which can be an indicator of ovulation. The luteinizing hormone (LH) test can indicate when the levels of this hormone are increased in the body, which means that the ovulation will take place within 24 to 48 hours. These kits can only indicate infertility due to anovulation. The cervical mucus tests can also be performed; these will also indicate if the woman is not ovulating, but may not be a clear indicator of infertility.

At-Home Tests for Men

While the existing at-home tests for women cannot indicate infertility, at-home tests to measure sperm samples may give an indication whether the man is fertile or not. The test will be applied on a batch of sperm and will indicate if there are problems with the sperm count. This test will not indicate motility or shape problems with the sperm tissues. However, these at-home kits may be used to establish if there is a potential problem and may give a hint to couples that are not successful when trying to conceive that they need to consult a fertility doctor. Additional tests will be required for a diagnosis.

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