Semen analysis

A routine test for couples considering fertility treatment

If you and your partner are having problems conceiving, we always recommend having a semen analysis test

When a cause is identified in couples who struggle to conceive, a male-factor issue is the most common finding. 25% of couples have a significant male-factor problem that is likely to be the key issue and a minor male-factor problem plays a role in a further 25% of couples.

A simple semen analysis is therefore a vital test as part of your private fertility treatment. Although many may have had a sample tested previously, assessment by experienced embryologists often allows a more detailed semen analysis and preparation of a sample helps counsel your clinician and the most appropriate treatment moving forward.

The important sperm parameters that will be assessed are:

  • Semen volume
  • Sperm concentration
  • Sperm motility and proportion that are "progressively motile"
  • Sperm morphology (shape/size)
  • The presence of any white or red blood cells within the sample or immature sperm
  • The presence of "anti-sperm antibodies"
  • The number and motility of the sample after it is prepared as if being used for treatment
  • Sperm motility and survival will also be assessed 24 hours later

Prior to your consultation

At the Lister Fertility Clinic we recommend a semen analysis in all men, regardless of general health status and whether they have previously fathered a child. This test is available as a stand-alone test under a urologist's care. Ideally there should be a 2-3 day abstinence period prior to the test.

It is not unusual for men to have difficulty producing a sample in the clinic environment so, depending on distance, a sample can be produced at home and then brought in for analysis to the clinic. This can be arranged directly with the lab by contacting the lab:

by email
by phone on 020 7881 4041

Our fertility consultants

We're proud to work with leading fertility experts across a range of medical fields, including gynaecology and urology. 

Our team of consultants is supported by embryologists, sonographers and counsellors, as well as experienced fertility trained nurse practitioners.

Our locations

From complex fertility treatment to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional fertility care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact us about having fertility treatment

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries and help book an appointment with a fertility specialist. Alternatively you can submit a request for an appointment at one of our fertility clinics.

 

Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, Chelsea

Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, The Portland Hospital

Enquiries & Appointments

020 7881 2000
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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