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How are men tested for infertility?

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The first thing to do is to go see a doctor, usually a urologist. After a physical exam, your doctor will probably order a semen analysis, which will check the quality and quantity of the sperm in the semen. If the first semen analysis is normal, your doctor may order a second test to confirm the results. Two normal tests usually are interpreted to mean that the man doesn't have any major infertility problems. If something in the results looks irregular, you might take more tests.

SOURCES: 
American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. 
WebMD Fertility Center web site. Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. 
The Infertility Workup and Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. 
The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. 
The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant, Addicus Books, 2002.

American Urological Association web site: "Male Infertility."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 23, 2019

SOURCES: 
American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. 
WebMD Fertility Center web site. Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. 
The Infertility Workup and Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. 
The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. 
The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant, Addicus Books, 2002.

American Urological Association web site: "Male Infertility."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 23, 2019

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