Swim Good? New App Tests Infertility In Men

African American man holding phone and mugUnsure whether your swimmers are winners? There’s an app for that! Scientists from Shafiee Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have developed a device which attaches to a smartphone to analyze sperm quality and count, reports say.

Per research, nearly about one-third of infertility cases are tied to sperm abnormalities, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA). That’s 1 out of every 6 couples!

Although there’s still much research to be performed surrounding sperm, experts point to four main causes of infertility in males:

  • A hypothalamic or pituitary disorder (1-2%)
  • Gonad disorder (30-40%)
  • Sperm transport disorder (10-20%)
  • Unknown causes (40-50%)

Meanwhile, sperm abnormalities, low count or lack of sperm and ejaculation problems, may be caused by one or more of the following (per the APA):

  • Inflammation of the testicles
  • Abnormally developed testicles
  • A pre-existing genetic condition
  • Alcohol, tobacco or drug use
  • Hormone disorders
  • Exposure to poisonous chemicals or radiation
  • Wearing restrictive underwear
  • Injury to the groin area
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Retrograde ejaculation, which occurs when the semen is forced back into the bladder
  • Erection dysfunctions

“Infertility affects an estimated 15% of couples globally, amounting to 48.5 million couples. Males are found to be solely responsible for 20-30% of infertility cases and contribute to 50% of cases overall,” a 2015 study, published in BioMed Central, states.