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boots sperm test

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toots123 Tue 25-Feb-14 19:35:11

Hi all

was wondering if anyone has used the boots sperm test?

we haven't been trying long but would like to try it before we went down the gp route if we dont get pregnant.

Has anyone used it?

was it accurate?

thanks smile

Ladymillion Tue 25-Feb-14 20:19:42

I seen these the other day and wondered if they were useful or not! Eagerly awaiting reviews haha wink

Bobo13 Tue 25-Feb-14 21:09:12

We were going to try them, but decided just to go GP route.

RPopz Tue 25-Feb-14 21:43:00

I think they assess motility but not morphology (or poss the other way round, can't remember) whereas gp will test both. Ok as a starting point though I suppose.

naty1 Tue 25-Feb-14 21:49:44

I think the fertility clinic charges about £80 for a test.
I think this only measures number not quality so could have normal count but all abnormal.
But there are men with 0 counts and have no idea things like mumps as an adult, undescended testicles as a child can affect it.
We had a very low count so might have been useful to us as we thought the issue was with me.
Also i have seen where couples have gotten pg quickly with first child and then the men have problems within a couple of years.its worth looking at things that can improve counts anyway like vitamins, avoiding getting too hot baths tight underwear, smoking, alcohol.
I wonder what a gp would do if you gk in and say ive done this test and jt shows under x mil, would they refer them for tests or still say you need to be trying so long.

victoria401 Thu 27-Feb-14 18:47:43

We are on month 15 so finally went to GP for help,you need to have been ttc over 12 months. I've had bloods and appear to have normal hormone profile and ovulate. Hubby needs to go for a test now. Worried he's got a problem :-( in our area, I don't know if country wide, the GP has given him a pot to take home. He has to wait up to 3 weeks for appointment at the local hospital where they have the andrology labs. He has to produce a sample at home and then take it to the labs for his appointed time within an hour, keeping it at body temp down the trousers or something! He's not looking forward to it!

we thought about the boots test but know it doesn't give a full picture. I have a friend ttc and he's done the boots test which told him he had a normal count. I warned him that its not accurate and they could all be deformed (supportive friend I know!). Been nagging them to go to docs for help as they been ttc longer than us and they are a few years older too (36 and 40).

naty1 Thu 27-Feb-14 19:01:31

You may want to see if he can do test at clinic. My OH did at home rushed in with it couldnt park ended up rushed and then worried that the result was abnormal because of all that.
Also he had to get used to it in the end as has now done maybe 8 samples there fir treatment and testing

ALittleFaith Thu 27-Feb-14 20:17:44

I've heard about these. My main concern would be that it would only tell you the results, not really explaining what they mean or where you go from there if there is a problem. We went through the GP after 12 months and DH's results were pretty dire. However because the GP gave us the results he explained the plan of action to improve it and options if it didn't improve. Turns out he had an underlying health problem that may not have been picked up unless we'd been TTC. Treated the health problem, improved the sperm count and I got pregnant 8 months after he started the meds.

GBOB1 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:17:51

We are currently going through fertility treatment my OH did one before we went and doctor told him All they do is show wether sperm is present, nothing to do with count or motility etc. If you do one and then go to your gp they will still send you for another!, save your money xx

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