Semen Analysis

What is a semen analysis?

Semen analysis, also known as a sperm count test, analyses the health and viability of a man’s sperm. Semen is the fluid containing sperm (plus other sugar and protein substances) that are released during ejaculation. A semen analysis measures three major factors of sperm health:

  1. The number of sperm
  2. The shape of the sperm
  3. The movement of the sperm, also known as “sperm motility”

Why do I need a semen analysis?

A semen analysis is often recommended when couples are having problems getting pregnant. The test will help determine if a man has any fertility challenges related to his sperm. The analysis will also help determine if low sperm count or sperm dysfunction is the reason behind the infertility. The results enable us to better understand the chances of conceiving naturally or the type of fertility treatment best suited.

Patients undergoing fertility treatment are required to have a recent semen analysis (i.e no older than a year).

How to prepare for a semen analysis

You will be invited to attend a short 10 minute appointment with one of our nurses at The Surrey Park Clinic, to collect a request form and a pot for collection of sample.

All semen analysis samples need to be delivered direct to the laboratory at The Royal Surrey County Hospital. We will advise you how to book an appointment to drop off your sample at the laboratory, and once booked, your sample must be produced at home and brought to the laboratory within an hour of production.

Please note, only pre-booked specimens that comply with all the test criteria will be accepted for analysis.

What else do I need to know about semen analysis?

Our nurses will provide you with a leaflet giving you a full overview of the procedure and what you need to be aware of. They can help with any questions you may have. Results usually take 5 – 7 working days but this can vary.