Developed by the University of Birmingham in collaboration with London based medical devices company Genosis, this OTC mobile sperm counter will be available in the UK in a matter of days.
From the University of Birmingham press release:
The test works by forcing sperm to swim through a barrier, which mimics the female cervix. The device then measures the number of sperm, which swim beyond this point. By including a barrier, the device is able to accurately measure the concentration of active sperm, which is a key indicator of male fertility. If a high enough level of sperm is present in the sample a red line indicates a positive test.
During the study the team looked at samples from 150 subjects. The test provided an accurate result in 95% of cases, whether the original sample showed a negative or positive test result.
During the development of the test the research team analysed more than 3000 individual sperm samples.
Professor Chris Barratt from the University of Birmingham Medical School who led the research said: “The Fertell test should provide couples who are trying to conceive with an early warning. At the moment many couples are advised to wait for around a year before seeking medical attention, but age can have a very significant negative impact on fertility, so having reliable information at an early stage can be a huge advantage.”