What to know about at-home fertility tests

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses whether these low-cost options for testing fertility are right for you.
3:30 | 09/19/17

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Now to our "Gma" home consumer lab. This morning we're taking a closer look at at home fertility tests and whether they can help you save money and start your family. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has more. Reporter: At home fertility kit, more and more couples are turing to them. Oh, thank you. Reporter: Meet Utah native Melissa Holmes. A 30-year-old blogger and stay-at-home mom of three and Virginia native Jennifer Brennan, a 42-year-old I.T. Specialist blogger and mom to three kids under the age of 5. Though they now have the families they dreamed of, conceiving wasn't always so easy. In fact, resolve, the national infertility association estimates one in eight American couples struggle to get pregnant. I was 23 when I was trying to conceive my first child. It didn't happen right away for me and for most of us women it does not happen right away. Reporter: But Melissa and her husband tried for months with little success. We tried and had a miscarriage. So we assumed we could get pregnant. But after almost a year of trying again, we weren't able to get pregnant. Reporter: She turned to at home fertility testing. There are several options available at mt drugstores. Ovulation trackers, fertility monitors and ovarian reserve tests for women and even fertility tests for men. After five months of using the sticks we found out we were pregnant. Reporter: Melissa and Jennifer did the most common, ovulation sticks. Jennifer echoing the same success with her first and second child. I was 35 when I started trying for my first baby. And I think I started using them pretty much right away just to try to figure out when I could get pregnant. Reporter: At home one month supply costs on average $40 compared to inclinic testing which could cost upwards of $10 per round of testing. I know it saved us thousands of dollars. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, New York. Our thanks to Mara and senior medical contributor Dr. Jen Ashton is here. Your wheelhouse. Ob/gyn. When you talk about these tests in your office, what do you tell your patients? So fertility 101 let's get right into it. A couple of things, number one I think it's important as a society and medically we shift this paradigm from one of infertility to for felt and helps to do that. Two, you have to remember there are multiple factors that go on in fertility, so a good result on a test doesn't mean you'll get pregnant just like a bad result doesn't mean you won't get pregnant. In fact, for any average healthy young couple their chances of conception per cycle only about 20%. So that's important and lastly, it takes two. Male factor in fertility contributes about 30% of the time. A lot of these home testing not all focus on women. We need to include the men on these as well. So when you talk about this, this isn't in lieu of going to the doctor. No, absolutely. It's just the beginning. I want you to think of it as this analogy of this beautiful rose. The rose -- see, it took me weeks to grow this at home. The rose signifying a live birth or a pregnancy and we have to remember soil, leave, water, sun, a lot goes into fertility including anatomy. Hormonal factors, male factors and female factors. A lot of apps out there. Yeah. Concerns? Bottom line is in medicine you shouldn't do a test unless ideally you know what you'll do with the results of that test. Amen to that. All right, Jen, thanks so much.

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