Fertility Tech for Men: Is It Worth It?
With advances in tech, more and more couples are relying on at-home fertility tools to track their fertility. Nowadays, we have bracelets, apps, mattress monitors, and smart thermometers to help couples get pregnant.
However, most tech gadgets cater for women and many people tend to forget that the most effective fertility tech may be for men.
Why is Fertility Tech for Men Appealing?
In many countries, when a couple is infertile, most people are quick to assume that it’s the woman’s fault. However, there’s also the male factor that many seem to forget.
In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, male infertility factors contribute to about 30% of all infertility cases, and male infertility alone accounts for about 20% of all infertility cases.
When I worked at a fertility clinic a few years ago, I noticed that most clients who came for a fertility checkup were women. It wasn’t until when the consultant could not determine any cause of infertility in the woman that her partner was willing to present to the clinic for testing. In some cases, male the partner never showed up.
While traditional test for female infertility requires that women have blood tests, an ultrasound exam, or a hysterosalpingography, men are required to visit a clinic and ejaculate a semen sample for laboratory analysis.
Unfortunately, this is not something that many men fancy doing—ejaculating in a sample cup. In fact, many men consider the process gross.
With the advent of technology, it is much easier for men to willingly have a fertility test. Below are some home fertility test kits that have made testing easier for men.
Yo Sperm Test
Yo is an FDA-approved home fertility test powered by a smartphone platform and supported by an interactive app experience.
This device helps you to check your sperm quality in the comfort of your home. It also enables you to learn about your sperm count and motility. With the device, you can see your swimmers in real time.
Trak Male Fertility Testing System
The Trak is another home fertility test that supports men through the process of trying to conceive. The device checks sperm count and motility and helps you determine whether your sperm count falls within a healthy range.
This device also works with an app that gives you personalized information to try to improve your sperm count so you can increase your chances of conception.
The Trak is also available for purchase on Amazon, with four tests costing approximately $200.
Is Fertility Tracking Tech Worth It?
Most men would agree that fertility tracking involves little or no mental effort. They do not need to commute to a clinic to have their sperm checked and can simply use an at-home test to determine whether their sperm count is within a healthy range.
Although these tests do not compare with traditional lab analyses, they can help men have an idea of their sperm health and take the necessary steps to improve their sperm quality and quantity by making some lifestyle and diet changes.
On the contrary, fertility tracking devices for women can only help women understand their bodies so that they can get pregnant or avoid pregnancy; however, these tests cannot do much to help them improve their fertility.
At-home fertility tests for men can also help them track their progress over time without needing to visit a specialist. In some cases, it may help them detect a problem and encourage them to see a medical professional for help.
Overall, fertility monitors for men can be more helpful than you think. If you find it embarrassing to visit a doctor, these devices can serve as a screening too. No matter how embarrassed you may be, it would be worth visiting a doctor for the best possible advice, especially if you and your partner have been trying to conceive for several months without success.