Because of that, assessing male fertility through a semen analysis is recommended to all couples who need help getting pregnant. Terms you will see on the semen analysis report:
Count – how many sperms are there in the sample?
Motility – how your sperms are moving?
Morphology – what are the shape of the sperm
Semen analysis results will help to guide the subsequent treatment.
If your partner’s semen parameters are normal, or borderline abnormal but could be improved by sperm washing, you might benefit from the intrauterine insemination (IUI).
If the sperm count or motility is too low, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) by using ICSI might be the better option.
Consult our doctor if you have concerns about semen analysis results.
The 5th WHO (2009) manual semen parameter cut-off values are:
Volume > 1.5 ml
Sperm concentration > 15 million/ml
Total sperm count > 39 million
Sperm Progressive Motility (A+B) > 32 %
Morphology (% normal) > 4%
It is important to note that semen parameters vary from specimen to specimen. So, a second semen sample is usually requested if the results of the first analysis fall below the WHO reference limits.
– The ideal duration of sexual abstinence before the collection is 2-3 days.
– Complete specimen collection is important. Avoid losing the first portion of the ejaculate which has the richest sperm fraction.
– Do not use any lubricants with spermicidal agents. In the case of inability to procedure a sample by masturbation and to avoid losing the first portion of ejaculate by means of coitus interruption, non-spermicidal condoms may be used.
– Record the time of collection.
– Specimens should be brought to the laboratory within 45-60 minutes.
– Keep the specimen close to the body to maintain physiological temperature during specimen transportation.