What Does An Abnormal Semen Analysis Mean?

What Does An Abnormal Semen Analysis Mean?

What if the results are abnormal?

If you have a semen analysis done, and your results come back as abnormal, you are probably worried and freaking out a little bit. So, what does an abnormal semen analysis actually mean, and what other tests can be done afterwards? Read on for the details on abnormal semen analysis. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What an abnormal semen analysis is not

An abnormal semen analysis is not an infertility diagnosis. It does not mean that you are infertile, and it does not mean that you are never going to be able to father a child. There are many different things that can affect a semen analysis, such as a recent illness, or anxiety or stress over the exam itself. Just remember that a semen analysis is not a test of fertility. Remember that a semen analysis is a tool used to investigate possible causes for fertility problems.

What an abnormal semen analysis is

A semen analysis is just a tool that is used to help your doctor determine what could be the cause of your fertility issues. Your semen analysis will lead your doctor down the right path to help you improve your fertility. If your semen analysis comes back abnormal the first time, your doctor will probably order a second semen analysis to make sure that you get the same results the second time.

Additional Tests

If your second semen analysis comes back abnormal as well, your doctor might need to order additional tests. Your doctor might recommend that you go and have an exam done by a urologist to see what they might be able to find out. After that, you might be ordered to have some blood work done.

This blood work will most likely be checking for hormone levels of the following: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol, and prolactin. There are also more advanced forms of semen analysis testing that your doctor might order for you as well. These advanced tests include Computer Assisted Semen Analysis (CASE), anti-sperm antibodies testing, sperm DNA testing, hypo-osmotic swelling testing, and others.

Even more tests

If none of those tests give your doctor what he or she is looking for, there are still more tests that can be done. A post coital test might be done next. This test evaluates a woman’s cervical mucus after sex to see if there are any live, moving sperm inside.

Genetic tests might be ordered to check for chromosomal abnormalities. If none of these tests reveal any problems, there are still more tests that can be ordered. Some of the most advanced tests that your doctor might order are things like Transrectal, scrotal, or renal ultrasonography, Pelvic or cranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Post-ejaculatory urinalysis (urine testing), to check for retrograde ejaculation,Testicular biopsy, or Vasography. Then your doctor can make suggestions on how best to increase male fertility.

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Alyssia Granger
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.