Novel Smartphone-Powered Home Kit Can Test Fertility for Men

Novel Smartphone-Powered Home Kit Can Test Fertility for Men

by Madhumathi Palaniappan on  January 21, 2017 at 11:27 AM Health Watch
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Highlights
  • Male infertility is often due to low sperm count.
  • New smartphone-powered fertility test can help men detect their sperm count and reproductive health at home.
  • The sperm kit makes medical testing easier and more accessible for men.
New fertility test using a smartphone can help men detect their sperm count and reproductive health at home. The YO Sperm kit for men is developed by the Medical Electronics System which is a US-based technology company.
Novel Smartphone-Powered Home Kit Can Test Fertility for Men

The sperm kit costs $50 and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for at-home use. This test may make medical testing easy and more accessible for men.

The company believes that the fertility test carried at home may reduce awkwardness and embarrassment for men as the trips to the fertility doctor are rarely pleasant.

How Does the Sperm Kit Work?
The fertility test at home involves the app taking a video of the sperm under the microscope which is followed by a series of simple analyses from the clip.

The individual has to collect his sample and mix it with a liquefying powder to make a better consistency that has to be left for 10 minutes.

A small amount of the sample is placed on the slide using a pipette. The slide is placed on the smartphone lens and the video of the sperms' motion is recorded in the slide.

The test is found to provide an in-depth information on the result that is 97% accurate.

Marcia Deutsch, CEO, Medical Electronic Systems, said, "The explosion of apps and wearables dedicated to optimising the chance of pregnancy is evidenced (by the fact) that people crave more awareness of their fertility status."

"However, the bulk of these new technology tools cater to women. No other company is tackling male reproductive health in this manner," Deutsch added.

The sperm kit is compatible with iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S6, S7.

Male Infertility
Infertility in men is often due to low sperm count, ejaculation, impotence, testis inflammation, varicocele (exposure to heat for prolonged period of time), smoking or excess alcohol intake.

Improving Sperm Count
Some of the best ways to improve sperm count include:
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Preventing sexually transmitted infections.
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Managing stress
  • Moderating physical activity increase level of antioxidant enzymes.
References
  1. Infertility - (http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/how-can-infertility-be-treated.htm)
  2. What's the best way to produce healthy sperm? - (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/fertility/art-20047584?pg=2)


Source: Medindia

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