Sperm Oxidative Stress Testing (SOS)
Male fertility health issues will be the cause of up to 50% of challenges in conceiving. Though a general semen analysis still remains the ‘gold standard’ for assessing the quality of sperm (checking factors like volume, number, motility, morphology and more), 25 – 40% of male fertility could remain ‘unexplained’ after a semen analysis.
One factor which could be causing this ‘unexplained’ infertility is Oxidative Stress. High levels of oxidative stress have been linked to poor sperm function and cell DNA damage, potentially increasing the risk of failed IVF outcomes
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress and male fertility
Testing for oxidative stress
Who should be tested for oxidative stress?
- Partners of women with a history of two or more pregnancy losses
- Males over the age of 40
- Males with suboptimal semen analysis results (particularly low morphology or motility)
- Males with poor lifestyle, body mass index over 30, who smoke, have high alcohol intake or poor diet.
With 1 in 20 men affected by sperm inefficiency, a correct diagnosis is crucial in ensuring successful fertility treatment. Our SOS test gives even more information about sperm quality, and with treatment often simple, it’s well worth speaking with your Care team about whether our SOS test can help you.