Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - HEALTH FOCUS -

New technology from the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia in the US has made it pos­si­ble for men to check their fer­til­ity lev­els in the com­fort and pri­vacy of their own homes.

“One of the im­ped­i­ments to male fer­til­ity test­ing is that men are re­luc­tant to go to the doc­tor or to deal with the ques­tion of their fer­til­ity,” says Pro­fes­sor John Herr, who cre­ated the test.

Al­though male fer­til­ity is an is­sue for 40 per cent of in­fer­tile cou­ples, test­ing mainly fo­cuses on women, says Pro­fes­sor Herr.

The new test, called Sper­mCheck Fer­til­ity, gives re­sults in 10 min­utes with 95 per cent ac­cu­racy, and is more af­ford­able and pri­vate than vis­it­ing a fer­til­ity clinic.

The test is avail­able at www.sperm­check­

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