A semen analysis, also called “seminogram” evaluates certain characteristics of a male’s semen and the sperm contained therein. It is done to help evaluate male fertility, whether for those seeking pregnancy or verifying the success of vasectomy
Semen is the fluid containing sperm (plus other sugar and protein substances) that’s released during ejaculation. A semen analysis measures three major factors of sperm health:
- the number of sperm
- the shape of the sperm
- the movement of the sperm, also known as “sperm motility”
How to prepare for semen analysis
Your doctor will let you know what you should do in preparation for the semen analysis. It’s very important to follow these instructions for accurate results.
To get the best sample:
Aviod jaculation for 24 to 72 hours before the test.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and drugs for three to five days before the test.
Stop taking any herbal medications.
Avoid any hormone medications as instructed by your healthcare provider.
Discuss any medications you’re taking with your doctor.