Male-factor infertility is a cause in around 30–50% of infertility cases. It’s more common than most people think for men to have low sperm count or other conditions affecting fertility. But other than not being able to conceive, there aren’t many signs or symptoms of male infertility.
Therefore, most men don’t know whether they’re likely to be fertile or not until they try to start a family or they get a semen analysis. A semen analysis is a test that checks for sperm count, motility, and morphology, factors that can predict whether a man is likely to get his partner pregnant naturally.
Many men don’t consider testing their sperm until they’ve been trying to conceive for 6 or even 12 months, typically when they’re seeking a fertility specialist for a consultation. We recommend proactive sperm testing instead — early on while you’re trying to conceive or even before you start.
As we’ve discussed, lifestyle factors and behaviors can have a profound impact on male fertility. Supplements may also help improve sperm health. Proactive testing can give you the information you need to make effective and targeted changes, saving time, money, and stress during the TTC process.
A semen analysis may also highlight an issue that can’t be fixed by lifestyle changes alone, such as azoospermia (a complete absence of sperm in the semen) or varicocele (swollen veins in the scrotum that reduces sperm quality). These conditions can often be treated. Wouldn’t you rather identify these problems early on, so you can be more quickly on the road to health and conception?
Semen analysis is a low-risk, affordable and easy test that can give you a lot of useful data. This is especially true now that at-home testing for male fertility, such as Legacy is an option. With a mail-in semen analysis kit from Legacy, you can produce a semen sample via masturbation in the comfort of your own home, ship it to a lab, and get a clinic-grade analysis that will identify any possible red flags for your fertility.
Legacy will also connect you with a fertility specialist to discuss your results, so you can make proactive changes to support your sperm health, and increase your chances of making a baby in 2022.