Make your sperm count

YO Sperm Test
United States (Los Angeles)

Fertility apps aren’t just for women. Now men can test their sperm count on a smartphone, making medical testing easy, accessible – and less awkward.

Getting a sperm test is a pretty weird experience, as summed up here by CNET: “You get a Doctor’s appointment, then a referral to some sort of clinic, then you have to head in and masturbate in a strange room, then hand a sample to someone you’ve never met before.”

The YO home sperm test hopes to eliminate that weirdness. It comes with an analysis kit and an app that allows you to receive automatic results on your phone.

YO might sound like a LOL-athon, but it isn’t a game. The new home fertility test and app from Medical Electronic Systems is FDA-cleared, and the company claims it is 97% accurate. This means that men can check on their reproductive health without having to go to the doctor.

Each YO kit includes a sample collection cup, testing slide, plastic pipette and special liquefying powder. Users take a video of their moving sperm under a clip-on mini microscope that covers the phone’s camera and flash – and then complete a series of analyses.  The interactive app provides in-depth information about the result, plus ‘sperm trivia’.

“The explosion of apps and wearables dedicated to optimising the chance of pregnancy is evidence that people crave more awareness of their fertility status,” explains Marcia Deutsch, CEO of Medical Electronic Systems. “However, the bulk of these new technology tools cater to women. No other company is tackling male reproductive health in this manner.”

“We are getting young men that are curious,” she said. “And interestingly enough, half of our orders come from women.”

AtlasAction: Check your swimmers by downloading YO.

Written by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future (11 February 2020)

Project leader

Marcia Deutsch, CEO, Medical Electronic Systems

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