If you and your partner have been unable to conceive, it is time to seek out a professional semen analysis.
Testing your semen can rule out or identify causes of infertility, allowing you to make an informed decision on fertility treatment.
At Houston Fertility Center, we conduct your semen analysis in a private, state-of-the-art lab. Should you consider testing your semen?
Why Test Your Semen?
Infertility Is Not Just a Woman's Problem
At least one-third of infertility issues are caused by male infertility. Before deciding if IVF or a different reproductive strategy is right for you and your partner, our specialists in Houston, TX, need to determine which partner (if not both) has a reproductive issue.
We May Detect Health Concerns
After analyzing your semen sample, we may discover that you have a low sperm count or some other sperm issue because of a health concern like diabetes or an unhealthy lifestyle. After identifying these kinds of issues, we can help you seek treatment to increase your chances of conception.
It Can Help You Conceive
Fertility treatments like IVF or INVOcell can truly make your family's dreams come true by allowing you to conceive a healthy baby. However, we cannot proceed with any sort of reproductive treatment without a professional semen analysis. Although it may seem embarrassing or even intimidating, a semen analysis is the first step toward achieving your family-building goals.
Realizing Your Dream of Parenthood
Get Professional Help Today
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, Dr. Sonja Kristiansen and our team want to help. Our office is open early so that you can get the tests you need on a schedule that works for you. Because we offer virtually every form of infertility treatment, we can design a treatment plan that directly addresses the results of your semen analysis. To schedule a consultation, request a consultation online or reach Houston Fertility Center by phone.
The Basics of Semen Analysis
We recommend a semen analysis if: 1) You and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least one year without results, or 2) Your partner is over 35 years of age.
Collecting the Sample
You will provide a semen sample by ejaculating into a collection cup. If you are uncomfortable doing so at the office, you can do this at home. However, to ensure the most accurate results, you should deliver the sample to the office within 30 to 60 minutes. We will collect another sample after approximately two to three weeks.
Results & Recommendations
Once we have your sample, we will examine your sperm under a microscope to assess the sperm's concentration, motility, morphology, and volume. The results of your test are usually ready within a week. Once we have your results, we can discuss possible lifestyle changes or treatment options to increase your chances of conception.
Preparing to Give a Sample
Prior to your collection date, we may ask you to refrain from ejaculation for a couple of days to ensure that your sperm count is as high as possible before your exam. However, you should not go more than seven days without ejaculating before your exam. We also recommend that you:
- Do not drink alcohol prior to your semen analysis
- Stay away from caffeine, cocaine, or marijuana
- Stop taking any herbal or hormone medications
- Avoiding sitting in hot tubs or saunas
Keep in mind that if you are feeling ill or are stressed before your test, it may affect your results.
Getting Your Results
If your results indicate male infertility issues, we may recommend additional assessments, such as genetic testing. Based off these tests, we may recommend:
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle and eliminating habits that could be lowering your sperm counts
- Getting treatment for any underlying conditions, such as diabetes
- Performing surgery if there is an obstruction
- Using a sperm donor
Our team will explain all of your options, listen to your concerns, and try to overcome any obstacles to assist you in growing your family.
The Importance of a Professional Semen Analysis
While store-bought semen tests are available, they are not as accurate as the results provided by a professional semen analysis. Where a professional analysis tests for several features of the semen, an over-the-counter test only tests your sperm count. In addition to giving you a more comprehensive understanding of your sperm and the potential causes of infertility, getting a professional medical diagnosis at our practice in Houston, TX, also gives you access to potential treatment options.
We use advanced technology to analyze your semen.
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