Semen analysis is assessing the man’s semen and sperm to
examines the man’s fertility.
What is Semen
The collection of a semen sample is achieved
when the patient ejaculates into a sterile
This is usually done through:
a. Masturbation, or
b. By using a collection condom.
Collection condoms must be made with polyurethane or
silicone, since latex is harmful to sperm and also contain
spermicides, which can distort the findings of the semen
Additionally, sperm samples from collection condoms have
been found to have
higher total sperm counts,
improved motility, and
greater numbers of normal sperm.
Sperm motility can be further specified into four
Grade a: progressive, swimming in a straight line.
Grade b: progressive, but traveling in a curved path.
Grade c: non-progressive motility, but with perceptible
Grade d: non-motile, non-moving.
Sometimes semen analysis may be normal
in men diagnosed with abnormal sperm
On the other hand, men with poor semen
analyses may still be able to impregnate
their partners. If the results from the initial
sample indicate subfertility, then more
semen assessments must be done for
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