Men who want to double check their sperm count can do it now from the comfort of their own home, saving on the cost of expensive clinic tests.
With many couples being affected by problems of infertility, experts hope that a new £30 DIY male fertility test will help couples recognise that a low sperm count can be a major factor.
The SpermCheck test went on sale in Boots at the weekend and takes just 10 minutes to determine whether the sample has a ‘normal’ or low sperm count
The kit is 98 per cent accurate at determining if a man has 20 million sperm or more per millilitre (the World Health Organisation benchmark), which nine in ten men do.
However, the test is unable to determine the health of the sperm.
A low sperm count or poor sperm quality is the cause of infertility in about 20% of couples in the UK, and is a contributory factor in a further 25% of couples.
SpermCheck chief executive Ray Lopez said: “With this test we can truly help couples suffering from infertility.
“A lot of the time, the woman is the one who is burdened with finding out what is wrong, but the reality of the situation is that in 40% to 60% of cases, male factor infertility is to blame.”
Having a sperm count lower than 20 million/ml does not mean a man cannot have children naturally but it does mean he is likely to be sub-fertile, affecting his chances of doing so.
The makers of the test recommend that men who find they have a low sperm count consult their doctors.