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laboratory and embodies that know-how into a simple to use format for the lay person," explained Professor Barratt. "The test cannot diagnose all causes of male infertility: However, it will identify the vast majority of cases and the instructions will make that very clear."

"It is aimed at couples who are attempting to conceive. The current screen for infertility is to try for 12 months and then seek medical advice. But 40 per cent of all cases of infertility are due to male factors and this test can indicate early on if there is potentially a problem with the man that indicates the couple should seek advice. This is particularly important given that many couples are choosing to defer childbearing until later in life."

He said another benefit of the test was that it would save men from the embarrassment many felt producing semen specimens in a clinic setting.

"Almost everybody I speak to about Fertell knows a friend or a relative that has experienced difficulty in trying to conceive," said Paul Bateman, CEO of Genosis. "Infertility is a very common and extremely emotionally traumatic issue. We believe that by providing couples accurate and early confirmation of their fertility status, in the privacy of their own home, Fertell can help identify many of those couples that would find it difficult to conceive and would benefit from seeking medical advice. Importantly, early diagnosis and treatment of infertility increases a couples chances of successfully conceiving and having a healthy baby."

Female device

The Female device is a lateral flow rapid dipstick that measures follicle-stimulating hormone ("FSH") in an in-stream urine sample. The test is performed two days after the onset of menses (day 3 of the menstrual cycle) and is similar in design and use to a pregnancy test or an ovulation prediction test. It uses a monoclonal antibody to one FSH antigenic determinant that is conjug
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Contact: Margaret Willson
m.willson@mwcommunications.org.uk
41-21-643-33-33
European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology
2-Jul-2001


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