When testing a couple for infertility, the man’s semen is generally tested first because tests for women are far more complicated, invasive and expensive. Studies show that 40 per cent of infertility is because of a medical problem with the man.
A fresh semen sample is obtained after sexual abstinence for about two to four days. The sample is captured into a clean, wide-mouthed bottle and if the sample spills or leaks out, the test is invalid and needs to be repeated. The semen sample must be kept at room (or body) temperature while it is being delivered directly to the laboratory. A semen analysis to determine fertility should be performed on a minimum of two samples at least seven days apart
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