Approximately 15 percent of couples experience infertility, and research from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Practice Committee shows that men contribute to up to half of all infertility cases. But there is a stigma around men getting tested.
“50 percent of all fertility issues are due to men but men don’t get involved until much later on in the process for a variety of reasons,” Tracey Forster, Chief Commercial Officer of Sandstone Diagnostics, the company that manufactures Trak, said at CES in Vegas. “Some of those reasons are education and not being aware that there are simple lifestyle changes they can make, and also there is an embarrassment factor and men aren’t 100 percent comfortable testing in a public place like a lab or a doctor’s office,”
Trak makes the whole process of testing sperm count fairly simple, and quick. The kit includes a centrifuge and an accompanying app. Users put a sample into the centrifuge with a dropper, and let it spin for six minutes. When the spinning is done, a gauge indicates if the sperm count is low, moderate, or optimal, based on World Health Organization guidelines.
The app then provides more information. “Optimal sperm counts lead to faster times to conception. So, we have a free companion app that you can download and the app gives you personalized tips on how to increase sperm count over time,” Forster said.
The kit costs just under $200 and includes four tests. Two tests can be bought in a refill kit for around $50. The company says the Trak system is not intended to replace clinical evaluation, but helps couples test sooner and allows men to make the lifestyle changes needed to improve their sperm count.