Cosmetech use the services of external pathology labs to undertake a wide assortment of blood (a simple prick is all that is required), sperm, saliva and stool tests to facilitate diagnosis across a range of symptoms. Results enable our therapists to provide a more targeted approach as they can help identify potential underlying causes and reveal areas of biochemical, nutritional and functional imbalances that may not be immediately apparent during consultation. All the tests are very easy to administer and results come back within ten days.
Tests include the following:
- Food Intolerance (120 Food Groups)
- Food Allergy (200 Food Groups)
- Celiac (gluten tolerance)
- Hair Mineral Testing
- Adrenal Stress
- Comprehensive Female & Male Hormone Profiles
- Chronic Fatigue Screen
- Stool Testing
An extensive range of additional tests can be undertaken depending on the presenting conditions and will be assessed at the time of consultation.
Sperm and Fertility
Cosmetech offer a specialised sperm testing service through SpermComet®.
One in six couples has difficulty having a baby: in 40 per cent of these cases, the difficulty is associated with the male. Most couples trying for a baby are probably all familiar with the term ‘sperm count’, which deals with the quantity of sperm. However, what many of us know less about is sperm quality, that is, Sperm DNA. Sperm DNA is one of the most important factors when it comes to conceiving.
This sperm quality can be seriously affected by things like stress, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, obesity and other avoidable lifestyle factors. Even healthy sperm have some DNA damage, but it’s the amount of damage that matters.
Higher levels of Sperm DNA damage can be a factor where couples have been trying for a baby for some time without success and where there is no obvious explanation why. It can also be a major factor where couples have been successful conceiving but have suffered a number of miscarriages.
Testing for Sperm DNA Damage
Conventional semen analysis is an important part of fertility testing as it tells us about the number of sperm present (concentration), how well it swims (motility) and the shape and size of the sperm (morphology). However, it does not tell us anything about sperm DNA damage, which requires another type of test: a Sperm DNA Fragmentation Test.
This type of test goes beyond the semen analysis to explore the sperm at a molecular level. The most sensitive of these tests is the SpermComet® Test.
The SpermComet® Test
SpermComet® measures the amount of damage in every single sperm and is so sensitive that it detects damage in 70 percent of men with normal semen analysis. This makes it really useful for couples with unexplained infertility, who have experienced recurrent miscarriage or a failed cycle of IVF.
The important thing is, when we know the level of sperm DNA damage, we can help couples make better choices about the right lifestyle choices and fertility treatment for them. For example, with moderate damage, IVF might be the best treatment to try. If the damage is high, then the best chance of success might be going straight to ICSI treatment.
The SpermComet® is available at Cosmetech and results are guaranteed within seven days.
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