How’s my sperm doing?
Under the microscope, we can assess the quality of your sperm.
Semen analysis is a series of measurements made on your ejaculate, the results of which are used to make an assessment of your fertility. The results are used, along with other clinical information, to determine the likelihood of natural conception or what type of assisted conception treatment is appropriate for you.
The main measurements made in an analysis are: the concentration of sperm; how many are motile (moving as they should); progressive; and normal in shape. If one or more of these measurements is below the normal range fertility may be impaired. A judgement is made on how many of these values fall below normal range and to what extent.
A semen analysis is a good indicator of your fertility, but it does have its limitations. A semen analysis does not test how the sperm will interact with eggs.
Semen samples are produced by masturbation. Ideally, the sample should be produced in the clinic, where there are rooms specifically for this purpose, after sexual abstinence of at least two days, but no more than seven.