Fertilmarq is a recently FDA-approved home sperm count test. The test can be ordered online and uses a color comparison system to determine whether a man's sperm count is high or low. At the time of writing, 1 test was selling for somewhere in the region of $39, while 3 tests cost approximately $110.
Positive Or Negative
The Fertilmarq test produces one of two readings. The concentration of sperm cells in a man's semen may be 20 million sperm cells per milliliter, and he is considered fertile. This is a positive reading. On the other hand, his sperm count may be lower than 20 million sperm cells per milliliter, which means he may have a fertility problem. This is considered a negative reading. If you get a negative reading when using the Fertilmarq test, it's recommended that you perform the test again a few days later. Each test has the capacity to check two different semen samples. Because sperm levels are known to fluctuate, you may find that your reading is better on another day. However, if you get two negative readings, you should consult a doctor about your fertility.
Using The Test
The Fertilmarq test kit contains the main testing device, which is called the Fertilmarq test cassette, as well as: two bottles, one containing blue solution and one containing clear solution; two plastic droppers for putting the semen sample into the wells on the test cassette; two liquefaction cups in which the semen sample is placed before being transferred to the test cassette; two non-spermicidal condoms for collecting semen samples (if this is your preferred method of collection); and, of course, one instruction sheet.
Using the Fertilmarq test is relatively complicated when compared with using a regular pregnancy or home female fertility test. It's therefore very important that you read the instructions carefully and follow them precisely.
Interpreting The Results
There are four "wells" on the test cassette. These wells are labeled A, B, C and D. Wells A and C are blue. Wells B and D are white.
Wells B and D are the wells in which you place the semen samples. When you put in your semen, these wells will change color (to a shade of blue).
The blue color in well B is compared to the reference blue color in well A.
The blue color in well D is compared to the reference blue color in well C.
Taking wells B and A as an example - if the blue color from your semen sample in well B is just as dark or even darker than the reference blue color in well A, then you have a positive reading. The sperm concentration in this sample is equal to or greater than 20 million per milliliter.
If, on the other hand, the blue color from your semen sample in well B is lighter than the reference blue color in well A, then you have a negative reading. The sperm concentration in this sample is fewer than 20 million sperm cells per milliliter.
Pros And Cons
The Fertilmarq test is relatively new, therefore customer feedback is still coming in. Some people have appreciated the privacy offered by this home sperm count test, and the fact that it made them aware of a sperm count problem before they went on trying to get pregnant for a year with no success. (Doctors recommend that you try for 12 months before starting fertility treatments). Other users said that the test was confusing, and that comparing the different shades of blue was too difficult.