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Test Your Sperm On An App For 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 have tried lots of things already like ovulation predictor kits. 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. That is all going to change now as the first FDA-approved test using a smartphone app only to count sperm and test how well they swim has arrived in the U.S. market.

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. You will then have to wait another minute to see the test results. While waiting, you can entertain yourself by answering some cheeky “sperm trivia” to lighten the mood. The app will be recording the video and the results so you can always watch it again whenever you want to. To make this product accurate, extensive training for over four years have been made, as detailed by Marcia Deutsch, CEO of Medical Electronic Systems. 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. If it is able to read the results, they are more than 97 percent accurate based on FDA studies of 316 participants of the study.

Since the technology is an over-the-counter product, Deutsch said that the test will not give actual values but it will only indicate if it is “low” or “moderate/normal” based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for sperm motility (how well they move) and concentration (how many there are). The test reports a combination of the two parameters and it is called as the “motile sperm concentration,” or the number of moving sperm.
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The home test is just the first step to finding out whether you have fertility issue or not. In case the results show a low count, you will have to head to a fertility clinic to have another test done and see if the results match. Also, there is one more piece to the sperm puzzle that you have to take note of–morphology, which is how the many normally shaped sperm there are. A doctor can help you on this. Now, if you have already done all the home tests and they returned normal, see a doctor if you still have not conceived in one year, or six months if you are aged over 35.5 Takeaways That I Learned About Apps