TOKYO — A company in Japan has developed a kit that allows men to use their phones to check their sperm count in the comfort of their home.
Marketed by Recruit Lifestyle Co, the kit, also called Seem, intends to transform would-be-fathers into researchers, empowering them to check the number and action of their own sperm utilizing their cell phone’s camera.
For this users need to download a free iPhone app to take a video of their sperm. Users then put a drop of their semen on the lens and shoot a video using the app.
The images are then automatically analyzed, showing mobility and concentration of the sperm in numbers, according to the company.
The app then displays the data in bar graphs, allowing users to compare the results against parameters for sperm characteristics set by the World Health Organization.
The firm decided to release the product after witnessing resistance by many men to visit fertility clinics, a Recruit Lifestyle official said.
A low sperm count and slow mobility are believed to be the top causes of male infertility.
With Japan’s population declining rapidly, Seem’s developers say they want to take away the embarrassment felt by many Japanese men who are reluctant to go to a clinic and have their sperm checked
The sperm-test kit costs about $50, and inside there is a microscope lens and a cup. The lens fits onto the camera of a smartphone.
“It takes about one to two minutes to send the video and get the result so it’s really easy to do self-check,” said Ryo Irisawa, the developer of the app.
He said the app analyses the movement of sperm on the camera and then gives a read-out about mobility and concentration.
It even displays the data in graph form, so a man can check his sperm count against averages set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).Follow @gorkhapost
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost