BOSTON (CBS) – The miracle of life is a dream that leads to heartbreak for millions of couples every year.

Couples have to ride that roller coaster for months before doctors even consider them infertile.

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Ovulation predictors and many other over-the-counter products are available to help women struggling to get pregnant. But statistics show that as many 40% of infertility cases can be traced back to the man, and there is nothing available over-the-counter for men.

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports

But that’s changing. Next month drug stores will start selling the SpermCheck home testing kit.

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Studies have shown that men tend to be reluctant to seek professional help when a couple has trouble getting pregnant.

The test would allow the man to check his fertility in the privacy of his own home.

Dr. Joseph Sanfilippo, an OB-GYN and a fertility specialist, says qualified, professional lab tests evaluate a man’s situation much more thoroughly. The good news according to Dr. Sanfilippo is that a low sperm count does not necessarily mean having a baby is impossible.

Once a cause is identified, men can often be successfully treated.

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The test is expected to go on sale within the next few weeks at pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS.