Test Background Typically, semen consists of a mixture of secretions from several glands within the male genital tract. Only a small (~5 %) volume of the final ejaculate originates from the testis, within which spermatogenesis occurs. Male gametes (sperm) produced within the testis are necessary for a couple to conceive (achieve a pregnancy) and their presence is a determinant characteristic for the assessment of overall fertility status.
Clinical Indications Investigation of infertility or sub-fertility.
Semen analysis lower reference limits (95% confidence interval) for semen characteristics are taken from the WHO Laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen 5th edition 2010.
* The laboratory is not UKAS accredited for these tests.
Sample Required A complete fresh ejaculate
Sample Container Specimens must be collected in a toxicity-tested container provided by the Andrology laboratory
The Andrology department has 3 on site production rooms in which samples can be produced. Producing your sample in our department allows us to process your sample quickly (it should be tested within 60 minutes of production) and minimises the risk of certain effects on your sample e.g. delay in getting your sample to us or sample be subjected to fluctuations in temperature which will affect results.
Turnaround Time 14 days
The Andrology service operates a walk in clinic between the hours of 08.30 and 13.00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
The laboratory is not UKAS accredited for the following tests: *Sperm Vitality 58 (% Live) * Semen Viscosity Normal * pH >7.2 * Round cells 1.0 (10*6/mL) * Leucocytes/uL (Multistix Esterase test) >25-75