are showing that male infertility
rates and low sperm
counts is rising globally2
due to varied reasons.
But guys, before you go and burn your tight undies or jeans, know that the causes are uncertain and the findings are controversial3
. What is certain is that low sperm count can lead to infertility, and, though women are often blamed, men are wholly or partially responsible for up to half of infertility cases.
The number of couples going for IVF
procedures is increasing at a phenomenal rate while those trying to get pregnant on various other more normal techniques are facing a tough time.
and low sperm
rates have been attributed (without proper studies to validate it, ) to factors like dietary habits, stress, smoking, tight clothes, lack of critical minerals and vitamins, excessive sexual habits etc.
A diagnostic company based in California called Sandstone Diagnostics has created a medical device
they claim will give you lab-quality sperm-count measurements at home. It's called Trak and it has already been approved by the US FDA and has already been on the market for about 3 years now.
It's basically a portable centrifuge. It works like this: (Note: step 1 has been omitted because we trust you to figure this out yourself.) You put a small sample of your semen into a disposable cartridge and attach the cartridge to the base. The base spins the cartridge like a little propeller, and the semen separates out into its component parts. The isolated sperm fills a visible chamber, like mercury in a thermometer, and marks on the cartridge tell you whether you've got an optimal, moderate, or low sperm
count. The device also pairs with a smartphone app, allowing you to track your sperm levels over time and compare your results with population stats. Just remember, it's not a competition!
The product is available for sale online via the company’s website4
and also at various pharmacies around the world. The company mission statements are : "Improve your health, habits, and sperm to reach your goals."
The product also comes with guidelines on possible ways to increase sperm count (No clinical studies to validate any of them though)
News received a few boxes of the devices
for review and as far as we are concerned the packings look great but we have yet to open the boxes as we are not really going to be testing the devices anytime soon. But we are giving away 5 boxes of it to the first 5 readers who write in to us as to why you should have it in not less than 500 words.
In the meantime guys, as long as you eat organic, avoid sitting, throw away your cellphone, and go pantsless, you should be fine.
1.Decline in semen concentration and morphology in a sample of 26 609 men close to general population between 1989 and 2005 in France
M. Rolland, J. Le Moal, V. Wagner, D. Royère, J. De Mouzon
Human Reproduction, Volume 28, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 462–470, https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/des415
2.Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years.
Carlsen E1, Giwercman A, Keiding N, Skakkebaek NE.
3.The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 365691, 9 pages
Shedding Light on the Controversy Surrounding the Temporal Decline in Human Sperm Counts: A Systematic Review
Marcello Cocuzza1 and Sandro C. Esteves2