Analyzing a new smartphone device, the quality of a man’s sperm and let him know in a matter of minutes if you suffer from infertility, US researchers said Wednesday.
Infertility affects more than 45 million couples worldwide. More than 40 percent of fertility problems are due to poor sperm quality.
The technology in the journal Science Translational Medicine aims to make it easier and less expensive to test men’s sperm at home.
“We wanted a solution for the male infertility test as easy and affordable as pregnancy testing to get home,” said co-author Hadi Shafiee, department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“Men have to take samples of seeds in these available spaces in a hospital, a situation that often experience stress, shame, pessimism and disappointment.”
The new test, however, “can be diluted to analyze a video of a sample of unwashed semen in less than five seconds.”
It works through a combination of an optical accessory that can be attached to a smartphone and a disposable device for collecting a semen sample, according to the report.
Researchers tested the device for 350 semen samples at the fertility center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The smartphone device based on abnormal sperm samples detected based on the threshold of the World Health Organization’s sperm concentration and its motility with an accuracy of 98 percent.
The cost of materials used for assembly came to $ 4.45.
“The ability of sperm trials to bring the point of care or health centers with limited resources, a real game changer for consumers,” said co-author John Petrozza, and director of the MGH Fertility Center.
“This development is access to faster and better fertility care.”
The device is not yet available to the public and is still in prototype phase.
Researchers plan further testing before approval of the Food and Drug Administration search.