Antisperm Antibody Test
How It Is Done
Blood sample from the woman
professional taking a sample of your blood will:
- Wrap an elastic band around your upper arm to
stop the flow of blood. This makes the veins below the band larger so it is
easier to put a needle into the vein.
- Clean the needle site with
- Put the needle into the vein. More than one needle stick
may be needed.
- Attach a tube to the needle to fill it with
- Remove the band from your arm when enough blood is
- Put a gauze pad or cotton ball over the needle site as
the needle is removed.
- Put pressure on the site and then put on a
A semen sample is collected by
masturbation. You should urinate and then wash and rinse your hands and penis
before collecting the semen in a sterile cup. You cannot use lubricants or
condoms when collecting the sample. If you collect the semen sample at home, be
sure to get it to the lab or clinic within 1 hour. Keep the sample at body
temperature and out of direct sunlight. The sample cannot be collected by
having sexual intercourse and then withdrawing when you ejaculate, because
vaginal fluid may be mixed with the sperm.
How It Feels
The blood sample is taken from a vein
in your arm. An elastic band is wrapped around your upper arm. It may feel
tight. You may feel nothing at all from the needle, or you may feel a quick
sting or pinch.
Collecting a semen sample does not
cause any discomfort. If masturbation is against your religious beliefs, talk
with your doctor.
There is very little chance of a
problem from having a blood sample taken from a vein.
- You may get a small bruise at the site. You
can lower the chance of bruising by keeping pressure on the site for several
- In rare cases, the vein may become swollen after the blood
sample is taken. This problem is called phlebitis. A warm compress can be used
several times a day to treat this.
- Ongoing bleeding can be a
problem for people with bleeding disorders. Aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), and
other blood-thinning medicines can make bleeding more likely. If you have
bleeding or clotting problems, or if you take blood-thinning medicine, tell
your doctor before your blood sample is taken.
Usually there are no problems from
collecting a semen sample.