Semen Analysis: What it is and How it’s Done

Semen Analysis: What it is and How it's Done

As far as uncomfortable subjects go, this one can be considered one of the top ones. Having been a taboo subject for years and years, getting your semen tested, is in fact, a rather complicated and definitely uncomfortable procedure. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is a semen analysis?

Firstly, we should establish that a semen analysis is a procedure meant to measure the amount of semen produced by a man and to see if the sample is of a good quality or not. These kinds of tests are usually done to investigate if a man has any infertility issues and it’s really useful nowadays considering the fact that one in three couples suffer from this affliction.

How is the analysis done?

You should know that before this is done, the man will be asked to avoid any sexual activities for 2 to 5 days until the analysis is being made. This way, he will be able to maximize his analysis results by offering a clearer way for a specialist to investigate this problem. Also, avoiding alcohol is important, as it is restricted when conducting this analysis.

3 ways of testing

If you need to have this procedure done, then it’s important to know that private hospitals and clinics are now offering especially dedicated places in which people can collect semen directly into a sterile sample cup, this being the easiest and fastest way to collect a sample for this investigation.

Another way (which is also not very invasive) to get your semen analyzed would be to collect a sample during sexual intercourse. All you have to do is withdraw and ejaculate into a sample cup. This is the perfect way to get you tested after having done a vasectomy procedure in order to test the sperm presence.

The easiest way to collect a sample for your semen analysis would be to use a condom while having a sexual intercourse. It’s recommended to use a condom that doesn’t contain any factors that could end up killing the sperm, like special flavors for example. You can just take the condom after the sexual intercourse, retract the specimen to a sterilized cup and send it off to be tested.

Unfortunately, more and more couples have started to have problems conceiving. Once you notice such problems, testing becomes compulsory for both partners as it is the only way to find out what type of treatment is applicable. No matter how uncomfortable or complicated it seems, this procedure can help you to find out the root of the problem.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.