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).
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.