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Semen Analysis

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Also known as: Sperm Analysis; Sperm Count; Seminal Fluid Analysis
Formal name: Semen Analysis
Related tests: Antisperm Antibody Test; FSH; LH; Testosterone; Prolactin; Urinalysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To learn about the health of your reproductive organs, particularly if your partner is having trouble becoming pregnant, or after a vasectomy to determine if the operation was successful

When to Get Tested?

When you think you might have a fertility problem or after you have had a vasectomy

Sample Required?

A semen sample collected in a sterile, wide-mouth container provided by the lab, usually collected on-site; sample must be analyzed within one hour of collection. Two separate collections on two separate days may be required when testing for fertility problems.

Test Preparation Needed?

Sexual abstience for 2-5 days before sample collection; carefully follow instructions provided