Could your smartphone replace a semen analysis?
Can this device replace a semen analysis with your doctor? Maybe in the future.
Based on research from Harvard University, engineers have developed a new device for an at home "semen analysis." There are already at home sperm test kits available in stores, what is so unique about this one? Simply put, it is the smart phone. This device attaches to and taps the power of your iphone or android device through it's app, to analyze the data and give you a visual display of what the laboratory folks would see under the microscope.
- low cost
- quick results
- can be done at home without the awkwardness
- you get to see what the actual sperm look like
- lacks the details your doctor may need (actual sperm concentration and motility)
- unable to accurately determine morphology (another important part of the semen analysis)
The idea is a good one.
Reliable, inexpensive testing in a comfortable setting, and a way to determine when it's time to visit the fertility doctor or urologist. The reality is not quite there yet. The information is not quite enough to replace the formal semen analysis at a clinic, but with improvements in the software, it may well be in the future.