PUNE: India is experiencing a decline in fertility due to a variety of reasons such as poor lifestyle habits, pollution and age. A Los Angeles-based technology company - Medical Electronic Systems (MES) - has launched a video-based smartphone platform that can measure motile sperm concentration, that is the number of moving sperm. This sperm count is a critical factor in determining male fertility.
This MES app is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared application in India- called YO Home Sperm Test - which has 97 per cent accuracy which can help the consumers to both view and measure the number of moving sperms in their sample on their phone and make male fertility testing an easy process. The app can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store for Android users and from App Store for iOS users.
To address the problem of delayed male testing and to eliminate the stressful public nature of male sperm analysis, the ‘YO® Home Sperm Test kit’ was developed by the company, which can be purchased online.
Dr SS Vasan, a uro-andrologist and Chairman of Manipal Fertility, President-Elect of the South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine (SASSM), said that testing moving sperm is critical in a home test because, with a clear video to back it up, the results allow the man to approach the doctor with clear evidence of a problem.
“There is a profound need for a test of this type as a first step in the process of diagnosing male factor infertility on a timely basis. Such products using recent technology can help many couples to make their journey to parenthood a reality,” added Vasan.
INFERTILITY, A RISING CONCERN
- YO Home Sperm Test helps asses a moving sperm. A moving sperm helps fertilise an egg in normal conception and so assessing moving sperm concentration is critical for indicating male fertility potential.
- There can be other factors such as abnormally shaped sperm or low overall number of sperm which also impact male fertility.
- The cause of infertility is equally shared by men and women. Approximately 40 per cent of the problem is a female factor and 40 per cent a male factor with the remaining 20 per cent is unexplained or a combined problem between the man and the woman, said Dr Vasan.