UK company Newfoundland has launched the fastest and most affordable at-home fertility test to hit the market.
The new test, which is available over the counter, gives fertility results in just five minutes and boasts 98.2 percent accuracy.
One in six people are affected by infertility issues and this month is World Infertility Awareness Month, an entire month dedicated to increasing awareness of the many fertility issues experienced by couples across the globe.
Newfoundland, a UK company on a mission to create a self-diagnostic culture, has designed the test to provide an easier and faster process to traditional fertility testing, a cheaper alternative to specialist appointments and to also alleviate pressure on the NHS.
Co-founder and MD of Newfoundland, Frederick Manduca, said: “We want to provide people with the opportunity and knowledge to know as much about their fertility health as currently, it can take over a year of trying to conceive before the NHS begins testing your fertility.
“Our new Male Fertility test will give men the opportunity to understand more about their fertility and seek the right medical advice if needed. People can now get their results in under five minutes in the comfort of their homes, without having to spend a fortune.
The rapid Male Fertility Test Kit assesses low or normal sperm count levels with over 98 percent accuracy. This is done through a semen sample being placed onto a test cassette via a pipette – similar to the covid lateral flow process.
After just five minutes results will be shown with two lines showing a normal sperm count level (15 million sperm per millilitre of semen) and one line showing a below normal sperm count level.
Female fertility tests can help to track menstrual cycles and fertility by monitoring various changes in the body that are indicative of ovulation, such as changes in your basal body temperature and hormone levels.
The Ovulation Test kit is a fast, incredibly accurate (over 99 percent accuracy) home ovulation predictor kit that measures the levels of luteinising hormone (LH) in the body in just five minutes through a urine sample. It is when LH levels are at their peak, that pregnancy is most likely to occur.
Ovulation involves the release of an egg from the ovaries which must be fertilised by sperm within 24 hours after its release for pregnancy to occur.
Immediately before the egg is released, large quantities of luteinising hormone (LH) are released into the body and as heightened LH levels are detected it canindicate the best time to try and conceive.
Frontline NHS doctor, Dr Emeka Okorocha, said: “The pandemic has played a huge role in how seriously we take our health. With lateral flow tests becoming a normal part of daily life, it’s no surprise that more of the nation is open to at home testing for a myriad of health concerns.
“At home testing is a great first step towards taking control of your health, as well as alleviating some of the pressure on the NHS. By going to your GP armed with a test result, you can speed up the process of diagnosis, saving both NHS time and, in some cases, allowing you to spot more serious health conditions early enough that treatments are much more effective.”
The rapid Male Fertility Test Kit is available at Tesco, Amazon and online for £12.49. The closest alternative to Newfoundland’s product costs £14.99, with others in excess of £180. The Ovulation Test kit includes five test devices for £9.95. Both kits are available online at newfoundlandtesting.com