Semen analysis (Diagnostic Semen Analysis) is a routine part of an infertility investigation. A number of parameters are examined to determine the quality of semen. This includes the sperm concentration (the number of sperm), motility (how well the sperm are moving) and morphology (the shape of the sperm).
The results of the analysis help us to determine whether or not a ‘male factor’ plays a part in the reason why you have not conceived naturally. A number of factors can influence the quality of the sample. You may be asked to provide more than one sample if the initial results are not within normal ranges. This is common and helps us to make an accurate diagnosis.
Making a referral
You can request a referral from your GP. When your appointment is arranged, you will need to produce a sample at the Fertility Centre. Arrangements can be made for patients who are unable to provide samples at the Fertility Centre.
It is important that you abstain from sexual intercourse or masturbation. This must be for at least 48 hours but no longer than 7 days before to your appointment. This is to aid an accurate assessment of your sperm quality. Having an abstinence period of longer than 7 days can have a detrimental effect on your sperm.
Andrology Laboratory hours
The Andrology Laboratory has predetermined appointment times for diagnostic semen analysis.
To rearrange appointments please call 0191 2138213