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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 would initially be booked in for an telephone appointment at The Surrey Park Clinic with one of our Nurses. During this appointment, the nurse will explain the whole process to ensure an accurate result is received, after which you will receive an email outlining next steps.

You will be given a link to The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) booking system whereby you can book a slot and the results will be sent back to the clinic. You will then need to attend their clinic to produce the sample: The Doctors Laboratory, 76 Wimpole St, London, W1G 9RT.

Once our team has received the results, our Surrey Park Clinic fertility patients results will be reviewed by your consultant and a follow up will be booked as required to discuss your results. Our walk in patients will be called and we will discuss the results with you, following this we advise you to share these results with your GP or another medical professional. Should you require one of our specialists to go over your results, we can arrange this appointment at an additional cost.

What else do I need to know about semen analysis?

Our nurses will provide you with an email giving you a full overview of the appointment and what you need to be aware of. They can help with any questions you may have.

Results usually take 7 – 10 working days.

How much does the test cost?

The cost of the whole appointment, including the telephone appointment, analysis and results report is £240 if the test was instructed by one of our Fertility Consultants.

Please note, if you are a walk-in there will be a £50 charge.

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Many of our appointments including Ultrasound Scans, Consultations, Physio and Therapy Appointments are available to book online by following this link. Alternatively, for fertility and all other appointments, please call 01483 454016