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01/04/2006 12:56 PM ID: 52079 Permalink   

UK Team Develop Home Male Fertility Tests

 

Scientists at Birmingham University have developed an over-the-counter male fertility test, which they say may cut the wait for fertility treatment for couples by up to 12 months. The test is available on the market now.

Samples from 150 men show the test gives 95 per cent accuracy. Most couples in the UK are advised to wait a year before seeking advice from a doctor, but the test provides necessary information at the early stage of trying.

The test takes an hour, and forces the sample sperm to swim through a mock female cervix. Dependent on how many sperm get through the barrier, the test measures whether or not the male has enough sperm to fertilise an egg.

 
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  A sex toy in other names  
 
Let me get this one right, they sell you a fake vagina, and you are supposed to do what?
 
  by: kmazzawi     01/04/2006 03:44 PM     
  Microscopes?  
 
What about putting a sample under a microscope and looking at it. It's still accurate and I'll bet a lot cheaper.
 
  by: lysmix   01/04/2006 05:41 PM     
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That's the point, they can't get someone qualified to do that.
 
  by: lafinjack   01/05/2006 02:44 AM     
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Anyone should be able to use a microscope at home. I just thought it was strange to go through all the work to make a male fertility test when a microscope works just fine.
 
  by: lysmix   01/08/2006 08:22 PM     
 
 
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