10-15% of couples around the world are affected by infertility, with men contributing to half of the reported cases. A new male fertility test called the Cap-Score has been approved for use in all 50 states. Instead of traditional semen analyis, the Cap-Score instead measures the semen’s “capacitation”, or it’s ability to fertilize an egg. Many male infertility issues remain unexplained due to lack of testing, which can lead to ineffective fertility procedures, or more invasive testing on women.
- Cap-Score quantifies the ability of sperm to capacitate, which is necessary for fertilization of an egg.
- Male fertility has traditionally focused only on whether the man has enough sperm that can swim.
- Examining male infertility removes pressure from women, who often bear the full burden of pregnancy difficulties.
“Using the Cap-Score, doctors and couples can make informed decisions about whether to try to conceive unassisted or choose one of several medical approaches.”