The Semen Analysis is a very important part of the work-up when starting down the path of infertility treatment. While women go through more extensive (and somewhat invasive) testing, we men have a very important part as well. Getting an accurate representation of your sperm count is critical in helping our physicians determine the best way to achieve pregnancy for you and your spouse. So here are some tips in getting ready to do your part.
To get a really good understanding of your sperm count (and everything that goes with that, such as what percent are swimming, and how fast), it is important to follow some guidelines we have found useful over the years. First ALWAYS make an appointment. We would hate for you to show up ready to go and us not be able to fit you in. You will also get additional instructions when you make your appointment, so that's step one. The second, but also very important thing to know, is abstinence, which is the time since your last ejaculation. For best results, we recommend 2-3 days of abstinence before you come in for your test (and later for procedures too, if needed). Less than 2 days and your count might be appear to be lower than it really is. If you have more than 5 days abstinence, the percent of sperm swimming (your percent motility) may appear low, since sperm will start to die off after a few days. We've heard of guys being told by their partners to “save it up”, but you can tell them you heard it here, 2-3 days is all you need.
For the most accurate analysis, we highly recommend you collect here at one of our offices. We have comfortable, quiet rooms with everything you will need. We have appropriate reading and viewing material, and you are welcome to bring your own as well. You can also ask for a kit to collect at home, but since the analysis is very time dependent, we don't recommend it, especially with Atlanta traffic.
Finally, please make sure you ALWAYS have a photo ID with you. Making sure your sample is yours is of the utmost importance (also referred to as “chain of custody”) and this starts with the photo ID. If there is anything you may need, or have questions about, please feel free to call and someone from the lab will be happy to answer your questions.
For more information of to schedule an appointment please call 678.841.1089 or click here.