Soon it would be possible to accurately assess male fertility with the help of an at-home test kit, according to Loes Segerink, researcher at the Universiteit Twente in The Netherlands. This kit can accurately count sperm and measure their motility. The kit consists of a chip that has to be inserted in a compact device for getting the readings.
Sperm flows on this chip through a liquid-filled channel, beneath electrode 'bridges'. There is a brief fluctuation in electrical resistance when cells pass beneath these electrodes. These events are counted to indicate the sperm quality. The kit can distinguish sperm from other particles. It was also able to reliably distinguish white blood cells (WBC) from other bodies. This WBC count assessment provides important additional information to gynecologists.
AdvertisementAlong with indicating the sperm count, the kit is also able to distinguish between the motile and non-motile sperms.
This new test kit is an inexpensive way to assess male fertility. But we have to wait for some time until this home test kit hits the markets.
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