What you need to know about sperm samples Part II
In Part I of this blog series, I discussed the best approaches for physical examination for men as well as most recommended sperm sample processing. Below are important considerations for collecting your semen sample. Part III of this series will give you some information about interpreting your sample results.
Semen samples require specific steps in collection and transport. Here are some important directions to assure accurate results.
Due to religious or personal beliefs, masturbation for sample collection may not be an option for all men. In this case, inquire with your MD regarding use of a Milex sheath or a Silastic Sperm Collection device. These specialized condoms are non-toxic to sperm, yet allow for effective collection.
Abstain from ejaculation for 2-4 days prior to semen collection. Longer or shorter periods of abstinence will impact your results. Consult with your MD regarding appropriate lubricants for use during collection.Most lubricants are toxic to sperm or otherwise impact the specimen.
Collect in a sterile container-obtain this from your MD. Make sure the entire ejaculate volume is collected. All is necessary for an accurate test. Samples must be kept at body temperature. Place the sample in a shirt pocket to maintain the temperature.
Deliver the sample within 1 hour to your testing lab. Always check with your lab facility to be certain other requirements are not necessary.
Part III of this blog series will be released in the next few days and all are intended to give you key information on semen analyses and steps to take toward male fertility and health. Do please feel free to comment or ask questions on my blog or per my Facebook page at: Karen Reynolds, LAc, RN Acupuncture for Optimal Health.