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Boots Sells Sperm Count DIY Fertility Kit
A DIY male fertility test has gone on sale in Britain, allowing men to carry out sperm count checks at home for the first time.
The SpermCheck fertility kit went on sale in Boots stores across the UK this weekend.
The kit takes 10 minutes to test if a man has a normal or below normal sperm count.
The US-designed kit - which looks similar to a home pregnancy test - is able to determine with 98% accuracy whether a man has a low sperm count or not.
However, the test is unable to determine the health of the sperm.
Around one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving a child.
Up to a fifth of young men suffer from a low sperm count, defined as having fewer than 20 million sperm per millilitre of semen.
A low sperm count or poor sperm quality is the cause of infertility in about 20% of couples in the UK, and is a contributory factor in a further 25% of couples.
SpermCheck chief executive Ray Lopez told the Mail on Sunday: "With this test we can truly help couples suffering from infertility.
"A lot of the time, the woman is the one who is burdened with finding out what is wrong, but the reality of the situation is that in 40% to 60% of cases, male factor infertility is to blame."