Expanding Fertility Care to Poor and Low Resourced Settings Study (EXPLORE)

  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of California, San Francisco
Updated on 30 March 2023
Accepts healthy volunteers


The investigators currently lack an understanding of barriers to completing the male factor infertility evaluation. Furthermore, as the investigators continue to expand access to fertility treatment particularly within low-resourced settings, it is important that all aspects of infertility within a couple are equally explored. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected low-income communities and communities of color at greater rates in terms of not only disease morbidity/mortality but how medical systems are accessed and care is delivered.


This pilot study was designed to help providers identify barriers to completing the basic infertility work-up in a low resource setting with a focus on accessibility and feasibility of semen analysis testing. As a pilot study, a total of 60 male partners of patients who are seeking infertility treatment at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Gynecology clinic will be recruited. Participants will be randomized to completing a semen analysis by either the standard in-clinic test or an at-home sperm testing kit. The investigators hypothesis is that there will be an increase in participants completing their semen analysis when using the at-home sperm testing kit as opposed to having to come to the lab.

Specific Aims:

  1. To identify barriers to completing a semen analysis.
  2. To compare barriers unique to completing an in-clinic versus at-home testing.
  3. To compare satisfaction scores with in-clinic versus at-home testing.
  4. To compare the time to complete the semen analysis with in-clinic versus at-home testing.
  5. To compare the time to initiating treatment after completing in-clinic versus at-home testing.

Patients seen at Zuckerberg San Francisco General who are currently undergoing an infertility evaluation as a part of the basic infertility assessment will be contacted. Consented participants will be randomized to complete an at home vs. lab semen analysis. After the semen analysis is completed, participants will be sent a comprehensive questionnaire regarding their experience, level of satisfaction, and barriers with completion of the recent semen analysis. Participants will be given 3 months to complete the semen analysis. If not completed in this timeframe, participants will be sent a different comprehensive questionnaire regarding their barriers with completion of the semen analysis. Additional clinical questions include time from semen analysis order to completion as well as time from semen analysis completion to start of treatment plan.

Condition Healthy, Male Infertility, Infertility, Male, Fertility Disorders
Treatment Mail-in semen analysis kit
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05205733
SponsorUniversity of California, San Francisco
Last Modified on30 March 2023

Similar trials to consider


Browse trials for

Not finding what you're looking for?

Every year hundreds of thousands of volunteers step forward to participate in research. Sign up as a volunteer and receive email notifications when clinical trials are posted in the medical category of interest to you.

Sign up as volunteer

user name

Added by • 



Reply by • Private

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur, adipisicing elit. Ipsa vel nobis alias. Quae eveniet velit voluptate quo doloribus maxime et dicta in sequi, corporis quod. Ea, dolor eius? Dolore, vel!

  The passcode will expire in None.

No annotations made yet

Add a private note
  • abc Select a piece of text from the left.
  • Add notes visible only to you.
  • Send it to people through a passcode protected link.
Add a private note