A semen analysis is a test used to assess the health and quality of a patient’s sperm.
What is a semen analysis?
A semen analysis is a test used to assess the health and quality of a patient’s sperm. It plays a crucial role in evaluating male fertility and assessing potential fertility issues. as well as the potential for natural conception. It helps identify possible fertility issues and guides fertility specialists in determining appropriate treatment options.
What is involved in a semen analysis?
The patient will produce a sperm sample into a sterile pot that is provided by our clinic. This will be analysed in the laboratory by the embryology team and the results discussed with the patient either in consultation of via a phone call afterwards. It takes about one hour to carry out the analysis after sperm production. If there is no sperm in the sample or the parameters are very far below the normal range, we might ask for the analysis to be repeated as sperm analysis results can vary a lot within the same patient.
When is a semen analysis recommended?
A semen analysis is an important assessment tool to identify and treat male factor infertility. It is recommended to patients who have been trying to conceive naturally for some time, as well as for prospective donors when donor sperm might be used in fertility treatment such as IVF or intrauterine insemination. A sperm analysis is also recommended to rule out reproductive issues such as obstructive or non-obstructive azoospermia (the absence of sperm in the semen).
A thorough analysis of your semen to determine the quality of your sperm
A follow-up consultation to discuss the results of the test
Semen analysis is part of:
Fertility assessment tests
Known sperm donation