Fertility is a major problem, and people often get embarrassed to visit a urologist for testing infertility. This is according to Dr. Hadi Shafiee, an assistant medicine professor at Havard Medical school.
This phone application will be the first of its kind as it will be automatic for simplifying infertility testing just as the national women pregnancy testing.
The team of this doctor has been testing this device using more than 350 unprocessed and unwashed semen samples from a clinic for evaluating semen as per the World Health Organization standards.
It is possible to identify sperm samples which are abnormal basing on the motility and concentration, for determining infertility with close to 98% accuracy.
Clinically, infertility is when a couple has the inability of conceiving after more than 12 months of trial. Shafiee hopes that the couples will get answers soon.
This test will work by use of combined software and hardware technology. He explained that there would be a combination of a chip and a disposable kit for collecting sperm samples from men.
These samples are put in the chip, and then the chip is placed in an accessory that contains a lens and a LED for illuminating and magnifying the sample for capturing by the camera’s phone.
This app then records a video of the way sperms move inside the chip and utilizes an algorithm for measuring the total sperm count, tracking their motility and counting the total mobile sperms.
Morphology or the shape of the sperm is not put into consideration by the app until when it is done in an official clinic.
You should consider seeing a clinician when your sperm concentration is below 15 million per mm and the motility is below 40%. This result does not mean that you are infertile. You could be subject to IVF treatment technology.
This team will conduct more tests and file an FDA approval for this technology. Shafiee has the belief that this will not take long because the device is simple.
He adds that urologists will benefit from this device as it will in monitoring the success of vasectomy patients that will be able to check personal procedure from their homes. It will reduce clinic visits.
The cost of this device is 5USD in the hardware, and his teams believe that this product will retail at less than 50USD. The affordability nature will help people in developing countries, where testing infertility is uncommon, and the culture views it as a problem.
Developing a cheap, accurate and an easy method of evaluating the sperms in the semen sample will be very welcome. It is notable to say that you do not need any training to use this technology anywhere. Professor Pacey highlights that the morphology of the sperm remains untested.
For a small population of men who have badly made sperms, those with poor morphology, it will be important for them to get the correct diagnosis. He says that any person who is struggling with infertility for over 12 months has to consider getting a repeat of the test from a specialist laboratory. This will prove beyond the doubts about what conclusions people have made.