Often fertility tests focus on the woman, but in an estimated 40% of cases trouble lies with the sperm. A new fertility test for men has recently been introduced—making it easier for couples to identity previously ‘unknown’ fertility issues. The SpermComet test is a more comprehensive test for sperm, looking beyond sperm shape, speed and concentration and into tiny tears and breaks in the sperm’s DNA. By looking for damaged DNA in sperm, the SpermComet test is able to predict the likelihood of success in fertility treatment. This allows clinics to make individualize recommendations for couples—potentially saving intended parents time, money, and emotional stress. Developed at Queen’s University in Belfast, the SpermComet test is available now.

 

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