What is semen analysis?
Semen analysis, also known as a sperm test, is one of the most important tests when looking at male fertility and the likelihood of becoming a father. The test looks at the number of ‘good’ sperms that are produced, to determine the quality of the semen.
Once our clinic has a sample of your semen, we will test it under a microscope to ensure that there is a healthy sperm count and mobility (along with other aspects).
As soon as we have your results, we will ensure that you have a full understanding and know what the best next step is! Depending on the results we will refer you to the relevant team and talk through the different treatment options that will work for you and your specific needs.
Who should have a semen analysis?
If you have been struggling to have a child with your partner for over six months, a semen analysis can help to determine if there are any male factor problems that may be causing the fertility issues. We also recommend a semen analysis if the female partner is over the age of 30, as this can have a huge effect on fertility.
Semen analysis is extremely important when looking at male factor infertility. By having this simple, non-invasive test done you can help to highlight any problems, with the hope of successful treatment and therefore increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
Mr Ramsay will ensure that all semen samples are carefully analysed to pick up problems that may otherwise be overlooked. Mr Ramsay strongly believes that men should also be investigated when looking at couples fertility; as they make up 50% of all infertility cases!
If you would like to discuss a semen analysis test with our team please contact us
Other tests which can be very useful
We always like to have more than one semen analysis. This is because there is much biological variation in sperm production, and we cannot be sure that one or even two semen analyses reflect the real situation.
Hormonal blood tests (FSH, LH, Testosterone) are usually helpful.
In cases where there is either azoospermia (no sperm) or severe oligospermia (less than 5 million sperm), we usually advise genetic blood tests (known as the karyotype and Y-micro-deletion studies, which look specifically at the “Y” or male chromosome).
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.