There Is Now An App For Sperm Testing

A new device that attaches to a smartphone can detect whether a man’s sperm concentration or motility is abnormal with 98 percent accuracy. Researchers hope the device, which is about the size of a small box of crayons and costs less than $5 to make, can address the need for a rapid and cheap way to detect male infertility. Problems with sperm contribute to infertility in 40 percent to 60 percent of cases where a couple has trouble conceiving, said study leader Hadi Shafiee, a professor of engineering in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Current laboratory methods of semen analysis are either inaccurate or expensive and require men to provide a sperm sample in awkward circumstances. [Trying to Conceive: 12 Tips for Men] “This device is going to make male infertility screening as simple as home pregnancy tests for a woman,” Shafiee told Live Science. Smartphone semen analysis The device has two parts: a box-like piece that attaches to the phone as if it were a larger-than-normal phone case, and a chip, which is about the size of a microscope slide. To test his sperm, a man uses a pipette (a turkey baster-like tube, but smaller) to put a semen sample onto a chip, and then he inserts the chip into a slot on the box-like attachment. Lenses on the attachment essentially turn the smartphone’s camera into a microscope, and a software app automatically counts the total number of sperm, calculates their concent...
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This study was a retrospective single-center cohort analysis of all males with a vasectomy in the past seeking treatment between 2006 and 2011 (n = 163). One group of patients opted for a reanastomosis procedure while the others opted for an immediate IVF/ICSI treatment. This included 99 males who underwent reanastomosis and 64 couples who immediately underwent ICSI treatment.PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODSAll reanastomosis procedures were done by the same surgeon. ICSI was used in all cases where testicular sperm were extracted by fine needle aspiration (FNA) or testicular sperm extraction (TESE).MAIN RESULTS AND...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
For over a decade, no studies have compared fertility outcomes between vasectomy reversal (VR) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection for older couples seeking a biologic child. We sought to provide pregnancy rates from a contemporary series of VR in men with female partners 35 years and older, and to correlate the results with pregnancy rates via IVF for women 35 years and older.
Source: The Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Infertility: Therapy I Source Type: research
AbstractSTUDY QUESTIONWhat is the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities in azoospermic men and what are the clinical consequences in terms of increased risk for absent spermatogenesis, miscarriages and offspring with congenital malformations?SUMMARY ANSWERThe prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities in azoospermia was 14.4%, and the number of azoospermic men needed to be screened (NNS) to identify one man with a chromosomal abnormality with increased risk for absence of spermatogenesis was 72, to prevent one miscarriage 370 –739 and to prevent one child with congenital malformations 4751–23 757.WHAT IS KNOWN A...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
STUDY QUESTION What effect does diet-induced obesity have on endometrial stromal cell (ESC) decidualization? SUMMARY ANSWER Diet-induced obesity impairs ESC decidualization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY Decidualization is important for successful implantation and subsequent health of the pregnancy. Compared with normal-weight women, obese women have lower pregnancy rates (both spontaneous and by assisted reproductive technology), higher rates of early pregnancy loss and poorer oocyte quality. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION Beginning at 6 weeks of age, female C57Bl/6J mice were fed either a high-fat/high-sugar diet (HF/HS; 58% Fa...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Reproductive biology Source Type: research
Welcome to our first ever March Madness 2016 Tubal Reversal Baby Shower hosted by Dr. Monteith and A Personal Choice Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy Reversal Center. Dr. Monteith specializes in tubal reversal surgery and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Patients travel from across the United States and internationally for surgery with Dr. Monteith because of his experience and dedication to helping couples who were told they would never be able to naturally have a baby again. Dr Monteith is one of few reversal specialist who successfully reverses Essure, the newest form of tubal ligation. Dr. Monteith offers his Es...
Source: Tubal Reversal Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: a personal choice baby shower essure removal essure reversal march madness monteith North Carolina raleigh tubal reversal Source Type: blogs
Welcome to our first ever March Madness 2016 Tubal Reversal Baby Shower hosted by Dr. Monteith and A Personal Choice Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy Reversal Center. Dr. Monteith specializes in tubal reversal surgery and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Patients travel from across the United States and internationally for surgery with Dr. Monteith because of his experience and dedication to helping couples who were told they would never be able to naturally have a baby again. Dr Monteith is one of few reversal specialist who successfully reverses Essure, the newest form of tubal ligation. Dr. Monteith offers his Es...
Source: Tubal Reversal Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: a personal choice baby shower essure removal essure reversal march madness monteith North Carolina raleigh tubal reversal Source Type: blogs
STUDY QUESTION By investigating a birth cohort with a high ongoing participation rate to derive an unbiased population, what are the parameters and influences upon testicular function for a population not selected with regard to fertility? SUMMARY ANSWER While varicocele, cryptorchidism and obesity may impact on human testicular function, most common drug exposures and the presence of epididymal cysts appear to have no or minimal adverse impact. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY The majority of previous attempts to develop valid reference populations for spermatogenesis have relied on potentially biased sources such as recruits from...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Andrology Source Type: research
Is tubal sterilization reversible? Many mistakenly believe you cannot reverse sterilization. Sterilization reversal surgery in progress Often patients only remember their doctor’s last words, “This is not reversible.” Doctors emphasize sterilization is not reversible because they want to be certain you are not having tubal ligation for temporary birth control. Most patients are certain of their decision at the time, but none of us can predict the future. We often regret decisions and many times life changes course. The reality is tubal sterilization is reversible. If it can be don...
Source: Tubal Reversal Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: a personal choice Dr. Monteith essure reversal facebook tubal reversal group is tubal sterilization reversible North Carolina raleigh reversing essure sterilization sterilization reversal specialist Source Type: blogs
Spontaneous pregnancy rates following classic male factor infertility treatments, including varicocelectomy and vasectomy reversal, are well described. Pregnancy rates in cases of unexplained infertility are also known. However, pregnancy rates have not yet been reported in couples following formal “clearing” of male factor infertility with or without lifestyle advice. We prospectively examined pregnancy rates 1 year after male factor infertility evaluation and clearance to better understand the effectiveness of this clinical care pathway.
Source: The Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Infertility: Therapy Source Type: research
Operative findings at the time of vasectomy reversal affect the type of surgery performed and fertility rates. Little data is known about how fluid characteristics and presence of sperm parts effect pregnancy rates at the time of vasoepididymostomy (VE). Our goal is to evaluate microscopic fluid characteristics at the time of VE and surgical location on the epididymis and determine their effects on pregnancy rates.
Source: The Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Infertility: Therapy Source Type: research
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