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What should I expect before semen analysis?

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Your doctor may ask you not to have sex or masturbate for 2 to 5 days before your test so your sperm count will be as high as possible. But don’t avoid ejaculation for more than 2 weeks before your test. That can result in a sample with sperm that are less active.

It’s best not to drink alcohol before the test. Tell your doctor about any medications or herbal supplements you take. Don’t use lubricants when you collect your sample, since they can affect how easily your sperm move around.

From: What Is Semen Analysis? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/09/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Sperm Count,” “Male Infertility.”

University of Michigan: “Semen Analysis.”

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: “The Semen Analysis.”

CDC: “Infertility.”

Zhou, J. , 2015. PLOS

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Sperm Count,” “Male Infertility.”

University of Michigan: “Semen Analysis.”

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: “The Semen Analysis.”

CDC: “Infertility.”

Zhou, J. , 2015. PLOS

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

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