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What should I expect if I need to give a semen sample for testing?

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In order to test your semen, your doctor will ask you to provide a semen sample. Normally, you ejaculate into a collection cup in a private room at your doctor’s office.

Sometimes you can collect your sample at home, though you have to keep it at room temperature and get it to your doctor or lab within 1 hour. Some doctors can provide you with a special condom that collects your semen during sex.

From: What Is Semen Analysis? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

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 9, 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 9, 2018

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