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Clinical implications of home-based sperm testing

      In the study by Samplaski et al. (
      • Samplaski M.K.
      • Falk O.
      • Honig S.
      • Shin D.
      • Matthews W.
      • Smith J.F.
      Development and validation of a novel mail-in semen analysis system and the correlation between one hour and delayed semen analysis testing.
      ), the authors develop and validate a novel home-collected, mail-in semen analysis kit that can be analyzed up to 52 hours after collection. The challenges of mail-in tests are the time elapsed since collection and conditions to which the samples are exposed during transportation, both of which may impact the result. Using samples provided from 164 healthy men, the authors created an algorithm model to predict changes in semen samples over time. They concluded that this mail-in kit meets or exceeds laboratory standards.
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