New At Home Fertility Tests For Men Can Apparently Tell You If You Are Firing Blanks
Bloomberg: Walgreen Co. (WAG) and CVS Caremark Corp., the biggest U.S. drugstore chains, are betting they can generate sales by answering a question few men want to ask: whether or not they’re firing blanks.
In April, Walgreen’s 7,800 U.S. stores plan to start selling a fertility test that determines if a man is producing enough sperm to get a woman pregnant. Walgreen and CVS have already started selling SpermCheck Fertility online.
The blue-and-gold box, which features a smiling couple holding a newborn, will join more than two dozen varieties of female fertility tests in Walgreen stores. SpermCheck’s owner and distributor, closely held ContraVac Inc., is banking on women dropping an extra $40 for the test when they buy ovulation and pregnancy kits for themselves.
“In our society, the woman carries the burden of trying to determine the issues surrounding infertility,” said Ray Lopez, ContraVac’s chief executive officer. “Men don’t say, ‘Let me go to the urologist and give a semen sample.’”
That reluctance has created a $440 million-a-year market for male fertility tests in the U.S., Lopez says. Every year, about 7.3 million women in the U.S. have trouble with pregnancies, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. Many women, assuming they are to blame, visit gynecologists. They are “poked and prodded” and sent home while few husbands want to consider that they’re possibly at fault, according to Barbara Collura, executive director of Resolve: the National Infertility Association in McLean, Virginia.
Do they really think guys are going to use this shit? Just walk into Walgreens and grab the “am I a man” test pack confidently? Hell no! Most guys are weirded out even buying condoms! And if and when they do, they go and grab the freaking Magnum brand to make it look like they really need that size. We men are overall a very proud but stupid group. There isn’t any way that these things are going sell except by women buying them for their men and testing their semen in secret probably. There just isn’t any way that these products are going to actually fly off the shelves. Now if they had a test that would tell guys that they 100% COULDN’T have kids, now that test might sell!
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