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Make sure the men are getting tested as well!  You don’t know how many times I have heard couples come to me when only a basic semen analysis has been done. Years later they uncover the main reason for their infertility because of tests not done on the male.  There are other semen analysis and you need to ask about them, as well as genetic tests.  Apparently there is also a new male test out there as well to help determine the success of treatment…read on.

A new test for male infertility which will save time, money and heartache for couples, has been developed at Queen’s University Belfast.

The breakthrough is the result of 10 years research by Professor Sheena Lewis who leads the reproductive medicine research group.

It provides unique data by measuring damaged DNA in individual sperm.

This is used to predict the success of infertility treatments and highlight the treatment most likely to succeed.

Professor Lewis said the SpermComet test would also significantly reduce waiting times and improve chances of conception.

“One in six couples has difficulty in having a family. In 40% of cases, the problems are related to the man,” she said.

“Until now, there have been few accurate ways of measuring a man’s fertility.

“Good quality sperm DNA is closely associated with getting pregnant and having a healthy baby, and the SpermComet test is the most sensitive test available for sperm DNA testing.”

Professor Lewis, in partnership with Queen’s venture spin out company, QUBIS, has now set up a new company to market the test, which is already available through fertility clinics in Glasgow, Dublin and Galway.


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For thousands of years, infertility was considered a female problem. The word “barren” sounds almost comical now but was a commonplace label a century ago. In The Cottage Physician, written at the end of the 19th century, a section entitled “Barrenness” lists possible causes, including “want of tone or strength in the system” and “nervous debility.” Treatments included “cold bathing, general tonics or strengtheners to the system, electricity applied locally” as well as “abstinence from sexual indulgence for a time.” Fortunately, medicine has progressed considerably since then and the diagnosis and treatment of infertility have improved dramatically. But the misconception that it’s solely a female problem has persisted.

About 40 percent of infertility is due to a male factor. Unfortunately, many couples and even doctors neglect to evaluate the male partner – leading to unnecessary testing on the female as well as needless anxiety, cost, and delay in starting a family. So don’t forget to have a basic sperm analysis and even an extensive one before you waste more time then is necessary. I have seen plenty of women go through this process for years before getting these tests done and discovering it had nothing to do with them!

Source: Dr. Jon LaPook

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