A semen analysis is a test to measure the number and quality of your sperm. The lab will also measure the amount of liquid (semen) produced with the sperm. Sperm quality is determined by looking at the shape of the sperm, the number of sperm, and how well they move.
You may have a semen analysis if you are having problems fathering a child. Or your doctor may do a semen analysis to find out whether surgery (vasectomy) to keep you from fathering a child worked. You may have to give a few samples over time.
You may need to have your semen checked again after several weeks to see if there are any changes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have questions about how to collect the semen.
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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