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Smartphone-based Semen analyser can help men test Infertility in privacy and within the comfort of their home

In tests, the researchers found that the easy-to-use smartphone app and accessory analyses sperm concentration and motility with approximately 98 percent accuracy

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New York,  March 23, 2017: Researchers have developed a smartphone-based semen analyser that can help men test infertility in the privacy and comfort of their home, suggests new research.

In tests, the researchers found that the easy-to-use smartphone app and accessory analyses sperm concentration and motility with approximately 98 percent accuracy.

The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could offer men a potent weapon to fight infertility as a prevailing cultural and social stigma, and get round the lack of access to seeking an evaluation in resource-limited countries.

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“We wanted to come up with a solution to make male infertility testing as simple and affordable as home pregnancy tests,” said Hadi Shafiee from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

“Men have to provide semen samples in these rooms at a hospital, a situation in which they often experience stress, embarrassment, pessimism and disappointment,” Shafiee pointed out.

More than 45 million couples worldwide grapple with infertility, but current standard methods for diagnosing male infertility can be expensive, labour-intensive and require testing in a clinical setting.

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“Current clinical tests are lab-based, time-consuming and subjective. This test is low-cost, quantitative, highly accurate and can analyse a video of an undiluted, unwashed semen sample in less than five seconds,” Shafiee added.

The analyser consists of an optical attachment that can connect to a smartphone and a disposable device onto which a semen sample can be loaded.

The new test utilises the advancements in consumer electronics and microfabrication.

A disposable microchip with a capillary tip and a rubber bulb is used for simple, power-free semen sample handling.

The team also designed a user-friendly smartphone application that guides the user through each step of testing, and a miniaturised weight scale that wirelessly connects to smartphones to measure total sperm count.

To evaluate the device, the research team collected and studied 350 clinical semen specimens at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Centre in Boston.

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Overall, the smartphone-based device was able to detect abnormal semen samples based on World Health Organisation (WHO) thresholds on sperm concentration and motility with an accuracy of 98 per cent.

“The ability to bring point-of-care sperm testing to the consumer, or health facilities with limited resources, is a true game changer,” co-author of the study John Petrozza, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Centre, said.

The smartphone-based analyser for semen analysis is currently in a prototyping stage. The researchers said that plan to perform additional tests and will file for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. (IANS)

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Lifestyle Changes Can Cure Infertility

Among many issues plaguing couples, male impotence and sexual dysfunction or female impotence tops the graph

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Among many issues plaguing couples, male impotence and sexual dysfunction or female impotence tops the graph.

Infertility generally refers to the inability to achieve a successful pregnancy. Today, Infertility has taken shape into a rising problem in the society. It often turns into a saddest part for the couple, which is to be deprived from the feeling of joy of having a child. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be instrumental in curing your infertility issues.

There are so many factors that can cause or contribute to Infertility such as exposure to toxins, age, body weight, PH imbalance, lack of calcium needed for fertilization etc. Dr. Rita Bakshi of International Fertility Centre suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes can make a tremendous difference in fertility, and often also help with other issues like excess weight, lack of energy, blood sugar problems, skin issues, and insomnia in the process.

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If you’ve been struggling with getting pregnant, maybe there are lifestyle changes that you can make. Poor nutrition often plays a major role. Nutrition is the most important factor to be considered when you plan to have a baby. The most effective route to infertility treatment is having proper diet that can greatly aid the body in conceiving and carrying a healthy baby, and are beneficial in overall health and avoid genetically modified foods for at least six months before trying to conceive, and consume a healthy diet rich in nutrients. Maintaining nutritional and healthy food habits is necessary as it will not only enhance the fertility but also is essential for overall fitness.

Any doctor will mention that habits like smoking, drug use, and high caffeine intake can severely impair fertility. A couple’s chance of achieving a pregnancy is reduced if either partner uses tobacco. Smoking also reduces the possible benefit of fertility treatment. Consumption of toxic elements has serious impact on the sperm production, sperm quality and quantity, ovulation process and quality of eggs and overall sex life. It is recommended to quit the intake of such toxic elements.

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Sleep plays a vital role in production of many hormones. Scientists say that people having inadequate sleep affects the hormonal balance in the body that is one of the major causes for infertility. Lack of sleep also leads to other factors such as stress, mood swings etc. which are the other contributing factors to infertility. Make sleep a priority and get enough to feel rested, not just awake.
For couples who struggle with infertility can be distressing. If the reasons for infertility are addressed, that little stick might just yield a positive. (IANS)