Male Fertility Assessments
1 in 12 men have a problem with their fertility. A basic semen analysis fertility test measures sperm count, motility, and percentage of sperm which are abnormally shaped. This is the usual first steps and can be requested by your GP.
Detailed semen assessment:
Some problems may not be identified by a basic test. A more detailed assessment is carried out on samples produced in the IVF unit. This test will assess motility issues in more detail, specifically whether or not anti-sperm antibodies are present. The result of this test is used to determine treatment options. Anti-sperm antibodies impair the sperms ability to swim, causing sperm to bind together and preventing them from seeking out and fertilising the egg. Men who have undergone reproductive surgery (i.e. a vasectomy reversal or surgery to your testicles) or have had a past infection are most at risk of developing anti-sperm antibodies.
At your initial appointment, you will be asked to provide a semen sample. Please abstain (avoid ejaculation) for at least 2 days (not more than 7 days).
Your first appointment will also involve a consultation to determine medical and lifestyle history, allowing us to take this into consideration when interpreting your semen analysis results.
You will be invited for a follow-up appointment approximately 1 week later to discuss the results.
We can also offer the following additional tests, if required/ indicated;
- Full hormone profile (Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Lutenising Hormone, testosterone, Inhibin).
- Chlamydia testing – Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease and is often symptom-less. If left untreated it can permanently damage your chances of conceiving. A blood test can be used to assess if you have ever been infected.
- Repeat assessments – if any of your results are abnormal we are able to discuss the possible reasons and offer a repeat analysis, if appropriate.
Please contact the IVF Unit to enquire about prices.
Page Last Modified: 21st August 2018