Fellow makes mail-in semen analysis kits that allow you to asses your sperm health and fertility, preserve your sperm for the future, or check to see that your vasectomy worked. In the past, getting a semen analysis meant making an appointment at a clinic or lab and producing a sample (by masturbating) while staff and other patients are right outside the door. With Fellow, you produce your sample at home, and get clinical-grade test results without the awkwardness or hassle. If you like convenience, comfort, and results that are just as accurate as traditional, in-person labs, Fellow might be for you.
This is a great question, but it’s not the right question. Laboratory tests like ours are never “approved” by the FDA. Laboratory testing is regulated according to what’s called the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, or CLIA (pronounced “klee-yuh”). Fellow’s lab is CLIA-certified (CLIA Number: 05D2177822), which means we meet all federal requirements for providing doctors and patients with semen analysis results that can be used to make healthcare decisions. CLIA compliance is monitored by three federal agencies: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each agency has a unique role in assuring quality laboratory testing. At Fellow, we run our own dedicated, CLIA-certified laboratory. Operating our own lab allows us to ensure that every test is done to the same exacting quality standards, so you get results that you and your healthcare provider can use to make important decisions about your fertility. Our lab is also COLA-accredited. COLA (the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation) is a private, physician-directed non-profit organization that helps labs meet the highest standards for quality and operate in compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements.
Fellow takes your privacy very seriously. Your semen analysis kit will arrive in a discreet cardboard shipping box. Nobody looking at it will know what’s inside, unless they closely inspect the return address and have used Fellow themselves in the past. If that’s the case, expect a fist bump. Congratulations, you’ve made a friend. The return shipping box is discreet as well, with no mention of semen analysis on the outside, so you can feel comfortable dropping it off at UPS. Our lab staff processes your sample using barcode numbers and other information that does not identify you personally. Our lab also destroys your sample after processing it, so you can rest assured that it will NEVER be sold, saved, or used for insemination. Finally, your results are stored and delivered to you via our secure platform.
Yes! When you register your kit, you can input your provider’s clinic information. We will send results to them at the same time we send them to you.