The first step in evaluating your fertility is to have a semen analysis performed. We offer at-home sperm testing consistent with Catholic teaching. Our testing is private and confidential and includes a telehealth consult with a Catholic fertility expert. We emphasize the man’s dignity and protect his desire to maintain a high moral and virtuous standard.
The results of a semen analysis will rule out most male fertility concerns a couple may have during their fertility journey. When semen analysis results come back abnormal, the man may be diagnosed with male factor infertility. Steps can then be taken to investigate the underlying cause.
The method of collecting a semen sample promoted at most fertility centers, unfortunately, is for men to masturbate into a collecting cup at a doctor’s office. However, there is a preferred, more respectful method taught in the Catholic Church that upholds the dignity of the man. The alternative, which does not contradict the love and life-giving purpose of sexual intercourse, includes collecting a semen sample privately at home. With this device the couple can still be open to life during intimacy. You will be given instructions on where to purchase and how to use the SCD. A kit from the laboratory will also be sent to you with instructions for how to secure and ship your specimen.
You can order a home semen analysis collection kit and see a telehealth physician that specializes in male fertility care through MyCatholicDoctor.
After your specimen is shipped to the laboratory the seminal analysis is performed to determine sperm count and quality. When desired your doctor will discuss the results with you through telehealth, privately and securely.
If male factor is identified, additional testing and treatment can be employed, but just as with female infertility, it can be complex and messy to understand. If you have a healthcare provider who dismisses the strong moral compass of the Catholic faith you live every day, we encourage you to find a provider who will advocate for you, your health, and your family. You can find a list of fertility providers located in your state here.