Sperm Count Tests In Your Smartphone
Perhaps you have been trying to make a baby with your wife and somehow, no matter how hard you try, it just has not happened yet. Your wife even bought an ovulation predictor kit. Maybe you already got yourself a sperm count kit but the one you bought can only count the amount of sperm and not how well they move. Fortunately, there’s an FDA-approved test now that will allow you to use a smartphone app to not only count sperm but find out how well they swim.
The kit comes with a tool, an app and a mini-microscope “clip” that goes on the top your phone, permitting the device to use your phone’s light, recording capabilities and focus. The kit is very easy to use as you simply need to prepare the sample on a slide (like the one you did in biology class), stick it into the clip and after two minutes, you will see the actual movement of the sperm on your phone screen. In another minute or so, you will be getting the test results. If you are a little anxious of the results, the app will give you some cheeky “sperm trivia” to lighten up the mood. You don’t have to worry about missing out because the video and results will be recorded in the app. As for the accuracy level of the kit, CEO of Medical Electronic Systems, Marcia Deutch, said that extensive testing has been made for the last four years. Deutsch also said that the technology is capable of reading sperm sample 99 percent of the time, as long as you follow the instructions correctly. The result of the study made showed that the results the technology produce are more than 97 percent accurate.
Those who will use the technology will not get actual values as a result though because it’s an over-the-counter product, thus, it can only give a reading of “low” or “moderate/normal” based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for sperm motility and concentration. Users can expect a test reporting a composite of the two parameters referred to as the “motile sperm concentration,” or the number of moving sperm.
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The results of the home test is not the final call yet as it is only the first step to figuring out if you have a fertility issue. So if your results come back low, do not panic yet; go to a fertility clinic to confirm the results. There is one more thing that you need to check on too–morphology, which is how many normally shaped sperm there are. A doctor can help you on this. If your home test results showed normal but you still haven’t conceived in one year, go see a doctor, or in six months if you are over 35 years old.News For This Month: Apps