A semen analysis is one of the first tests required for any man beginning his fertility evaluation. Semen is the fluid that is released when a man ejaculates. Semen carries the sperm in fluids that should nourish and protect it. The male partner is asked to provide a semen sample by masturbating into a sterile plastic cup. If masturbation is not culturally acceptable, your doctor can provide you with a special condom in which to collect semen during intercourse.
The semen analysis provides a lot of information about the quantity and quality of both semen and the sperm it contains. Some of the things that are measured are:
- How much semen a man produces (volume)
- The total number of sperm in the semen sample (total count)
- The number of sperm in each milliliter of semen (concentration)
- The percentage of sperm that are moving (motility)
- If the sperm are the right shape or not (morphology)
The analysis can also suggest if you have an infection in your reproductive system.
The semen sample has to be tested within an hour of collection, which takes place in the doctor's office. The collection may also take place at home but the same time restrictions apply. We ask that you abstain from intercourse or ejaculation for 2 to 5 days before you provide a sample. If your doctor is referring you to our center specifically for a semen analysis, there is a referral form that he/she needs to complete beforehand.
Please call Conceive Fertility Center at 214-224-0778 to schedule your semen analysis.