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Couples that have failed to conceive a baby after trying for longer than a year are often recommended to start fertility testing. It can be hard to know where to start, especially if you have no idea what is causing your infertility. Male fertility testing is much less invasive and difficult on the patient than female fertility testing. That is because analyzing a man's semen in a lab covers everything. Therefore, when looking for the cause of a couple's infertility, male fertility testing is a great place to start.

Semen analysis is a fairly simple procedure. After providing a semen sample (yes, this is a tactical way of saying, after a man ejaculates into a cup that he then hands over to the doctor!) the patient s involvement comes to an end, and the lab does the rest of the work. Sperm analysis also has quick results. Sperm count, motility and morphology values are often available within 24 hours.

How expensive is male fertility testing? Well, that depends on your location, and your insurance status. Most insurance companies cover male fertility testing, meaning that you will have no additional, out of pocket cost. If your insurance does not cover a semen analysis, or you are not insured, you will have to pay for the test yourself. If you live in the United States, the cost is likely to be anywhere between $40 and $200, depending on your state, and where you are having the sperm analysis done (fertility clinic or hospital). Compare that to female fertility testing, which is not only sometimes physically difficult and stressful, and can include keyhole surgery, but which also has a much higher cost.

Even if insurance covers female fertility testing, it might still be necessary to pay a portion of the testing yourself. Female fertility tests also do not have instant results. If you have been wondering why you are not pregnant yet, and have no indication of which partner is causing the infertility you face, male fertility testing as a first step is simply a matter of common sense.

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