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Semen Analysis

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.

Why should you consider testing your semen at the Houston Fertility Center in Houston, TX?

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.

Understanding Sperm Count What Is Considered Low?

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A person is diagnosed with a low sperm count (oligospermia) if they have less than 15 million sperm per millimeter of semen, or less than 39 million sperm in their ejaculate. A complete lack of sperm in the ejaculate is known as azoospermia.

Realizing Your Dream of Parenthood

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen's fertility clinic in Houston serves Sugar Land and surrounding Harris County communities. She and her team use the latest technology, techniques, and procedures to help hopeful parents struggling with infertility realize their dreams of having children.

Speak with a Skilled Fertility Specialist

If you experience male infertility, you are not alone. Houston Fertility Center has helped many couples struggling with infertility. By analyzing your semen, Dr. Kristiansen can develop a treatment plan that's right for you.

Using your semen sample, our team can assess your sperm count, motility, morphology, and overall quality. We can then determine the ideal procedure or health changes to address the infertility issues you're facing.

For more information about semen analysis, contact our practice online. You can also schedule an appointment by phone.

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Dr. Kristiansen has helped many hopeful parents overcome male infertility and other hurdles to parenthood.

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Semen Analysis Candidates Who Should Undergo Testing?

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We recommend a semen analysis if:

  1. You and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least one year without results.
  2. You or your partner are over 35 years of age.

The Basics of Semen Analysis

Collecting the Semen 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 ejaculate to the office within 30 to 60 minutes. We will collect another semen sample after approximately two to three weeks.

Results & Recommendations

Once we have your sample, we will examine your semen 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.

If You Are Frustrated by Attempts to Conceive,  You Are Not Alone...

Researchers have noted a decline in sperm count among men in North America, Europe, and Australia...

From 1973 to 2011, the average sperm count in western countries decreased by 59%
*According to Human Reproduction Update
In addition to these findings, the study also noted that sperm volume declined, going from 99 million sperm per millimeter of semen in 1973 to 47 million sperm per millimeter of semen in 2011. The researchers were unable to measure changes in sperm morphology or motility given the data limitations of older infertility studies.

Get Professional Help Today

If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, Dr. 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, contact our practice online. You can also request a consultation at the Houston Fertility Center by phone.

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"Dr. Kristiansen and staff were always so kind and attentive. When we had difficulty, they were caring and very helpful. They were accommodating to our unique schedule, and informative whenever we had questions, no matter how silly.

"I recommend this place to anyone having difficulties. Thank you HFC for helping us conceive our TWINS!!"
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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 ejaculation before your exam. We also recommend that you:

  1. Do not drink alcohol prior to your semen analysis
  2. Stay away from caffeine, cocaine, or marijuana 
  3. Stop taking any herbal or hormone medications 
  4. 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. 

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While sometimes embarrassing for the patient, semen analysis is a fast and easy process that provides reliable 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. 

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Potential Causes Of Sperm and Semen Issues

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  • Varicocele
  • Ejaculation problems
  • Elevated temperature around the testicles
  • Tubal blockages
  • Infections
  • Anti-sperm antibodies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Medication side effects
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Stress

The Importance of a Professional Semen Analysis Why You Should Not Rely on Over-the-Counter Testing Kits

While store-bought semen tests are available, they are not as accurate as the results provided by a professional semen analysis. An over-the-counter kit only tests your sperm count. It does not analyze motility, morphology, semen composition, or other factors that contribute to the overall quality or viability of the ejaculate.

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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Semen Analysis FAQs

Are there any risks associated with semen analysis?

No, there are no risks or complications that are linked to semen analysis.

What if I don't produce a large enough semen sample?

In most cases, we only need 1.5 milliliters of semen to perform all the necessary testing for sperm count, morphology, and motility. Minimal semen or lack of semen after ejaculating could be the sign of another male infertility issue.

Will I need infertility treatment or a sperm donor?

Not necessarily. Some hopeful parents can achieve pregnancy through lifestyle changes rather than undergoing infertility procedures. A semen analysis may be a chance to reassess your health and make informed decisions about your daily habits.

Why do I have to deliver my semen sample from home within 30-60 minutes?

Once sperm has left the body, there is a short window of time for the sample to remain in good condition for accurate analysis. Semen samples outside of that 30 to 60 minute window may not yield accurate test results.
Dr. Sonja Kristiansen

Houston Fertility Center

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen is the founder and Medical Director of Houston Fertility Center. She is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility (REI) specialist who is proud to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having children. Our center is affiliated with the:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association

We provide convenient care for patients from greater Houston and visitors from out of town. For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (713) 225-5375 today.

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