In order to book a semen analysis, call our office on 01245 201544 to book in for a time that suits you.
If you were referred to us through the NHS, you leave your referral form with reception upon checking in. If you have referred yourself for semen analysis, you will be asked to make payment when you check in.
A member of the laboratory team will come to collect you from reception, and show you to one of our private production rooms. They will check your identifying details (Name, date of birth) and provide instructions;
Some patients suffer anxiety over producing a sample, it is quite common. Therefore do not be alarmed if you feel you cannot produce a sample on a particular day. You can always re-book (at no extra cost), or take the pot home for a less clinical environment. If you do produce the sample at home, ensure;
How is my Sample Analysed?
Laboratory staff will analyse your sample within an hour of production to ensure accurate results. They will check the following;
These results will be compiled into a report. Private patients will be rung by an Embryologist (senior laboratory staff) either later that day or the following day. Referred patients’ results are sent to Broomfield Hospital, who will send them out to the referrer within 5 days. Your referrer should contact you within 10 days of your appointment with us to inform you of your results.
Once you have received your results, if you have any questions regarding them or fertility, do not hesitate to contact us- one of our Embryologists can run through them and explain each part, and it’s implications.
If your doctor does not provide the results to you after 10 days, give us a call. We can check with Broomfield Hospital that they were sent to the referrer.
|Azoospermia||No spermatozoa in the ejaculate|
|Oligozoospermia||Total number of sperm is low
|Teratozoospermia||Low percentage of normal-looking spermatozoa|
|Asthenozoospermia||Percentage of swimming sperm is low|
|Low Volume||The amount of semen is low
|Incomplete Liquefaction||The semen has not become as liquid as it should|
Your result may be one of the above, or a combination of several.
A result of normal sperm means you have a good chance of conceiving (obviously dependent on any issues your partner may have).
If you have Oligozoospermia, Asthenozoospermia, or Teratozoospermia, you still have a chance of conceiving, but the time it takes to achieve a pregnancy is likely to be longer.
A result of normal sperm means you will be recommended for IVF (in vitro fertilisation), or IUI (intrauterine insemination).
IUI is when you produce a semen sample, which is washed and prepared so that only the best sperm remain. These are then injected via a catheter into your partner’s uterus. She will have been monitored so we know there is an egg waiting for them.
IVF involves putting prepared sperm and eggs in a dish together, and leaving them to fertilise. The resulting embryos are then observed for 5 days, and the best one selected to put into your partner’s uterus.
If you have Oligozoospermia, Asthenozoospermia, or Teratozoospermia, you will be recommended to undergo ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). This is when a single sperm from the prepared sample is injected into each egg. The resulting embryos are then observed for 5 days, and the best one selected to put into your partner’s uterus.
Missing the pot or incorrect abstinence can significantly affect the results- if either is the case ensure a laboratory staff member is aware.
If you make lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking, it is likely to be around 3 months before a positive effect is seen in semen analyses.