It is estimated that about 40% of all infertility is attributable to
a problem with the male partner. The semen analysis, therefore, is an
essential step in the infertility evaluation. The sample should, ideally,
be collected by masturbation. You should avoid using any lubricants.
If you are unable to collect a sample by masturbation, please let your
doctor or nurse know. We can provide a special Silicone condom that
you may use with intercourse. Abstain from intercourse for 48 hours
prior to collecting your semen sample, but do not abstain for longer
than a week.
It is important that the semen sample arrive to the laboratory within
45 minutes after collection. Keep it warm, but do not overheat the sample.
Our laboratory accepts samples for semen analysis between 8:00 am and
12:00 noon and 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We do have
a private room for sample collection in our office. If it is more convenient
for you, we will be happy to assist you in scheduling this test at a
laboratory near your hometown.