One in eight couples in the United States is affected by infertility, yet research indicates that many couples do not or cannot receive the care they need. Cost is a major obstacle – it’s no secret that fertility testing and treatment is expensive. In this article, we’ll share why and how prioritizing male fertility testing can significantly lower the cost of starting a family – and get you to your goal sooner.
Male Factor Infertility
It may come as a surprise: almost half of infertility cases are due to the male. Low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and abnormal sperm morphology are common issues that can contribute to infertility. Yet, the first line of action for many who find it difficult to conceive is to test the female partner. This involves multiple medical assessments, laboratory tests, and consultations. In the US, a visit to a reproductive endocrinologist, a pelvic ultrasound, fertility-related blood tests, and a hysterosalpingogram to check for blockages can cost anywhere from $1350 to $4300. These expenses can accumulate rapidly, adding stress to an already challenging situation. By focusing on male fertility testing first (which is considerably cheaper), you can strategically allocate your resources to potentially pinpoint the cause of infertility without draining your budget.
The advantages of male fertility testing
There are other advantages, outside of cost, to testing the male first:
- Identify the issue – or non-issue: Identifying potential male fertility issues from the outset allows you to plan your treatment plan more effectively. This can reduce the time it takes to conceive as it reduces the need for multiple tests and female-focused treatments. It also helps address the emotional burden early on. Dealing with infertility and the uncertainties that come with it is challenging – identifying the root cause empowers you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions on your journey.
- Less invasive: Male fertility testing is generally considered much less invasive than female testing due to the nature of the assessments involved. For men, fertility testing begins with a basic semen analysis, which involves providing a sperm sample through ejaculation. In contrast, female testing includes transvaginal ultrasounds and hysterosalpingograms, all of which are more invasive.
- Test your sperm at home: Sperm testing kits allow you to measure your sperm levels in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The YO Home Sperm Test measures your motile sperm concentration and records a video which you can then share with your healthcare provider. It also allows you to track changes in your sperm motility over time, offering an accurate and comprehensive view of your sperm health.
To wrap up
Starting with male fertility testing is a less invasive and more cost-effective approach. By debunking the idea that fertility testing is only for women, you can pave the way for a more affordable and potentially quicker journey to parenthood.