Researchers at Birmingham University in the UK have developed the world’s first over-the-counter male fertility test. It shows if a high enough concentration of active sperm successfully swim through a kind of obstacle course designed to mimic the cervix. The university’s Professor Chris Barratt said: “I think it’s a very difficult, stressful, embarrassing procedure to go to a hospital, to go into a little room which is often dark and dingy, to produce a semen sample and then wait three months before you get an answer.
“This fast-tracks the procedure so you can go along to the local chemist, to Boots, and then you can use the test in your own home. In an hour you will get a result.” The test is designed to give an early warning of any potential problems. Researchers are worried about what appears to be a worldwide drop in fertility rates.