Semen Freezing and Analysis
Semen Freezing and Analysis
Most the time, the process is very simple and entails a quick blood test to check for any infectious diseases followed by having you produce a sample in our private collection room. We then wash the sample and freeze only the best quality sperm in many vials for your future use.
Semen Analysis analyzes the health and viability of men’s sperm. If couples have problems getting pregnant, doctor will determine if a man is infertile based on the test.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does a semen analysis test for?
A semen analysis determines the overall health of a semen sample by measuring sperm count, morphology (shape), motility (movement) and more.
What is considered a “normal” result for semen analysis?
For a semen analysis, the WHO defines a healthy sample as having:
A concentration of 15 million sperm per ml of ejaculate
An ejaculate volume of at least 1.5 ml
At least 4% normally shaped sperm
At least 40% moving sperm
Minimal clumping of the sperm cells
A normal viscosity (thickness of the semen)
Are there different types of semen analysis tests?
Yes. There are different types of semen analysis tests for different reasons. A complete semen analysis, for example, is the first step for know if there is any male infertility, whereas a partial semen analysis will be used after a vasectomy to determine whether the procedure has been successful. There is also retrograde semen analysis, which is used in cases where the ejaculate backs up into the bladder rather than exiting through the penis. This can happen as a result of a nerve injury or other medical complications. For spinal cord injuries there are also a variety of techniques to help in acquiring a semen sample depending on the severity of the injury. Please feel free to contact our office for more questions on this matter.
How is the sperm analysis test conducted?
The patient provides his doctor with a semen sample, which can be prepared through masturbation, sex followed by pulling out and ejaculating into a container, or sex using a specially designed collection condom. If the patient is unable to produce a sample through these methods, there are also ways of sperm retrieval techniques available.
Once the sample has been provided, the semen will be tested in a laboratory for the aforementioned qualities.
How do I prepare for a sperm analysis?
In order to yield the most accurate results, it’s important that patients take proper preparations before making the sample. These precautions include:
Avoid ejaculation for two to five days before the test
Avoid any medications that may negatively impact the results, as instructed by your doctor
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and drugs for at least two days before the test
Be properly hydrated (semen has a high water content, which can negatively influence the viscosity if not hydrated well enough)
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