Your doctor may suggest a home fertility test at the beginning stages of your fertility assessment. This is a cost-efficient alternative to more elaborate and expensive procedures that provide more specified information regarding your sperm count. You may purchase home male fertility tests such as Pre-Conceive Plus or BabyStart at a local drug store.
Using male home fertility tests is relatively simple. These tests involve mixing a semen sample with a colored solution in a test tube. The solution's color will change when you add the semen sample. The home fertility test will come with a color code legend, with each color indicating a particular sperm count range. The test should also come with a second set of tubes and solution for a re-test after several days. This additional test is to confirm the results of the original.
This kind of test is designed to give you a general idea of your sperm count range. Your doctor may refer you to a reproductive health or fertility specialist if the results show your sperm count to be lower than desired.