Please note specimens for semen analysis are accepted Monday through Friday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Purpose

A semen analysis measures three major factors of sperm health: the count, the motility (movement), and the morphology (shape).

Procedure

Patients can collect the specimen at home or collect onsite in our private collection room.

Preparation Instructions

It is necessary that you refrain from sexual activity/ejaculation for at least 2 days and no more than 5 days before producing the specimen. It is important that the initial portion of the ejaculate goes into the container, as it contains almost all of the sperm.

If you are bringing your specimen in rather than producing it at our facility, we need to receive the specimen NO LATER THAN ONE HOUR after it has been produced. While being transported to our facility, the container should be kept at body temperature (e.g. carried in an inside pocket next to the body). Temperature fluctuations can damage sperm thereby invalidating the results.

The specimen should be produced by masturbation directly into the labeled sterile container provided by your referring physician or by our staff. Do not use lotions or lubes as they can contain spermicides which kills the sperm. Collection of the specimen by methods other than masturbation produces very poor results.

Results

Sperm Count
A normal count ranges between 20 and 200 million.

Sperm Motility
A normal result is when more than 50% move normally one hour after ejaculation.

Sperm Morphology
A normal result is when more than 50% are normally shaped.

Sperm Morphology

Men can produce millions of new sperm each day but it takes 2.5 to 3 months for sperm to mature so they are able to swim and fertilize an egg.

See what other fertility testing is needed when evaluating one’s fertility.