At-Home Sperm Health Tests Are On The Rise

There seems to be a trend bubbling up for better tech to test a guy’s sperm in the privacy of his own home. A Harvard-designed sperm motility app made headlines last week with a cheap, at-home test, and now YO, a “sperm selfie” app and FDA-approved device, has just started shipping.

Weird-moving sperm contributes to around 40 percent of cases where couples have a hard time making a baby, but it can be awkward, expensive and a hassle for a guy to go through depositing sperm at the doctor’s office to find out if it’s moving the right way.

However, there are already at-home tests you can buy at your nearest drugstore, such as SpermCheck, which boasts itself as “accurate as a lab test.” This test is usually found in the same aisle as the at-home pregnancy tests and prophylactics. But SpermCheck will only tell if you have enough sperm, not if they swim right.

Trak is another device with FDA clearance that has been available to order online for a while, but also only tracks the count, not movement of sperm, and is pretty pricey at $200 (compare that to YO, which is just under $50).

Unlike SpermCheck and Trak, the YO device uses a similar measurement system to the one being developed at Harvard. Both measure MSC (motile sperm count) to make sure sperm is moving the right way rather than just sperm count overall.

Read the full story at Techcrunch

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