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

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To investigate to see if there is a problem with your fertility. This is often performed if your partner is having trouble becoming pregnant.

It is also necessary after a vasectomy operation to ensure that the sterilisation operation was successful and that you are no longer fertile. This test is called a post-vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA).

When to Get Tested?

Semen analysis - When you think you might have a fertility problem.

Post-vasectomy semen analysis – 16 weeks after the vasectomy with at least 24 ejaculations since the operation.

Sample Required?

A semen sample collected in a sterile container provided by the laboratory or doctor. It is important that the specimen container has been tested to ensure it is not toxic to sperm.

Test Preparation Needed?

In order for the test to be reliable, you may need to abstain from masturbation or sex for two to seven days before the sample is collected. You should follow the instructions given to you by the laboratory or your doctor.