At-Home Fertility Screening Available for Men

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From The New York Times
By Roni Caryn Rabin
Many men, faced with the prospect of going to the doctor for a fertility evaluation, will tell you: they would rather just stay home.

Now they can.

A new at-home screening test, called Fertell, lets couples find out if they have fertility problems without stepping into a doctor’s office. The test has his and hers components — a screening test for men that is the first at-home device to measure the concentration of motile sperm, and a test for women that measures a hormone considered a marker of egg quality.

The availability of the two-in-one test helps drive home the message that both men and women can contribute to infertility, experts say.

“It takes two to have a baby, as silly as that sounds,” said Dr. Harry Fisch, director of the Male Reproductive Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, who does not have a financial relationship with the maker of the test, Genosis Inc.

Tango’s Take
We’ve mentioned home conception and fertility kits before; see Dishes from March 23rd  and May 22nd. These kits can save couples from having to make embarrassing and probing visits to a doctor. It’s about time that men take a little more responsibility for failures in the conception game. See The Dish from May 31st on ‘scientific’ proof that two-thirds of Bulgaria’s conception problems are due to guys. Virility is a badge of honor. While most people think he is a dink, Kevin Federline gets respect from other dudes for A) being potent like a prized stud and B) being a kept man. So, long story short, for couples that are trying to conceive we think they need to keep trying—a lot and with reckless abandon. And don’t take the whole thing so seriously. There are lots of kids out there who could use a good adoption, so let’s not let our A-List celebrities monopolize the world’s orphans.

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