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When should you get tested for antisperm antibodies?

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If you and your partner are having a hard time getting pregnant, your doctor may recommend fertility tests, including checking for antisperm antibodies.

For women, this can be done with a sperm immobilization test with a blood sample. Less commonly, your doctor may check your cervical mucus for antisperm antibodies.

With men, an immunobead test can be done on sperm. You’d need to masturbate to provide a sample of semen. Another choice is an antiglobulin reaction test done on blood.

From: What Are Antisperm Antibodies? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Utah Health: “Evaluating Male Fertility.”

S. Adam Ramin, MD, Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

UpToDate: “Causes of male infertility.”

Actas Urológicas Espaõlas : “Antisperm antibodies and fertility association.”

International Journal of Fertility : “Treatment of infertility caused by antisperm antibodies.”

Methods in Molecular Biology : “Methods for direct and indirect antisperm antibody testing.”

Reproductive Medicine and Biology : “Diagnosis and treatment of immunologically infertile males with antisperm antibodies.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Fertility: Do Not Do Recommendation.”

Middle Eastern Fertility Society Journal : “Zinc sulfate treatment of secondary male infertility associated with positive serum and seminal plasma anti-sperm antibody test.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Intrauterine Insemination.”

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics : “Intrauterine insemination as a treatment of infertility in women with antisperm antibodies.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Utah Health: “Evaluating Male Fertility.”

S. Adam Ramin, MD, Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

UpToDate: “Causes of male infertility.”

Actas Urológicas Espaõlas : “Antisperm antibodies and fertility association.”

International Journal of Fertility : “Treatment of infertility caused by antisperm antibodies.”

Methods in Molecular Biology : “Methods for direct and indirect antisperm antibody testing.”

Reproductive Medicine and Biology : “Diagnosis and treatment of immunologically infertile males with antisperm antibodies.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Fertility: Do Not Do Recommendation.”

Middle Eastern Fertility Society Journal : “Zinc sulfate treatment of secondary male infertility associated with positive serum and seminal plasma anti-sperm antibody test.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Intrauterine Insemination.”

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics : “Intrauterine insemination as a treatment of infertility in women with antisperm antibodies.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 30, 2018

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