Consulting Surgeons

INSTRUCTIONS TO PATIENTS
SEMEN ANALYSIS

  1. Abstain from sexual intercourse or masturbation for a minimum of 48 hours and no longer than 7 days prior to specimen collection to obtain the most accurate results.

  2. It is preferable to have the specimen collected at the laboratory where the testing will take place. The outpatient laboratory has facilities to assure privacy.

  3. Masturbate into a special container supplied by the laboratory. Collect the entire specimen.

  4. If the specimen is not collected at the lab, the specimen must be kept at body temperature and delivered to the lab within 1 hour of collection. All specimens must be delivered to the laboratory between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m., Sunday through Friday.

Notes: Masturbation into an approved container facilitates complete specimen collection and avoids contaminating chemicals that may interfere with sperm function. Specimens collected by coitus interruptus or in a condom are unacceptable. In order to control health care costs, only correctly collected specimens willbe accepted for testing.

Qualitative and quantitative testing of semen is a demanding technical process. Many factors, which are difficult to control, affect the result obtained from any single semen sample. For this reason, your doctor may recommend several semen analyses over time, in order to confirm the findings.

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