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Semen analysis

One in seven couples have difficulty conceiving and male infertility can be a major factor in this. Whether you have been struggling to conceive naturally, or you simply want to understand more about your fertility, we offer semen analysis at all our TFP Fertility clinics.

You need to have completed a fertility assessment, including the semen analysis, before you can start fertility treatment.

Want to know if this is for you? Talk to one of our fertility experts.

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What is semen analysis?

The most common cause of infertility in males is due to abnormalities found in the sperm. By carrying out a semen analysis, we can check: 

  • The likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with your partner 

  • Which treatment is the most appropriate for you and your partner  

  • If there are any problems with your sperm that may require medical help to achieve a pregnancy  

All of our semen analyses are performed using World Health Organisation guidelines. During the semen analysis, we check the sample’s volume and pH as well as: 

Sperm density

This is the number of sperm you have in your sample. A low sperm count is known as Oligozoospermia.

Sperm motility

This is the ability of your sperm to swim. If your sperm have poor motility (known as Asthenozoospermia), this means that your sperm do not swim well and will therefore struggle to reach the egg without medical intervention.

Sperm morphology

This refers to the size and shape of your sperm. Sperm that is abnormally shaped can be a factor in male infertility. Low numbers of normal morphology sperm is known as Teratozoospermia. 

We usually only require a single sample; however, we ask for it to be repeated to double-check anything that looks abnormal.

What can I expect from the semen analysis process?

When you arrive at the clinic, a member of the laboratory team will collect you from reception and show you to one of our private production rooms. They will provide you with instructions for producing your sample.  

Some patients suffer anxiety over producing a sample. This reaction is quite common. Therefore, do not be alarmed if you feel you can’t produce a sample on a particular day. You can always rebook your appointment (at no extra cost) or take the pot home for a less clinical environment. If you do decide to produce a sample at home, please ensure: 

  • You use the pot provided by TFP 

  • The sample is not exposed to hot or cold temperatures 

  • Our laboratory receives it within one hour of it being produced  

Once we’ve carried out the semen analysis, we’ll book you in for a consultation to talk you through the results. We’ll recommend and explain any treatment options that may benefit you. 

Of course, there is no obligation to go ahead with treatment following your consultation.  

Find out more about fertility tests for men.  

How much does a semen analysis cost?

The cost of the semen analysis is £195.  

Visit your local TFP Fertility clinic page for more information on our pricing, treatment packages and payment options available.  

FAQs

Who needs semen analysis?

Male infertility can affect people of all ages and lifestyles.

Most couples get pregnant within one year of having if they are having intercourse regularly and aren’t using contraception.

It’s a good idea to get your sperm checked if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for some time without success.

You might not have any symptoms or noticeable signs that you have a problem with your sperm. Your ejaculate may seem normal even if you have a fertility problem.

A semen analysis is a simple way to see if your sperm quality is affecting your chances of pregnancy.

If you’re not sure whether you should get your sperm checked, our expert clinicians can provide guidance.

How can I ensure my semen sample is the best it can be?

  • Abstain from ejaculation for the correct number of days  

  • Refrain from smoking  

  • Avoid/lower your alcohol and drugs intake. Some prescription drugs can affect your sperm count. Please check with your doctor if you are currently taking any medication 

  • Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants  

  • Exercise regularly 

  • Ensure the whole sample (especially the first part) is in the pot 

What causes male infertility?

There are a number of causes of either having a low sperm count, decreased motility or absent sperm in the ejaculate.

An abnormal sperm test may be due to medical conditions, different medications, and lifestyle factors, in some cases, there isn’t a clear answer.

If your semen analysis is abnormal, we’ll look at your medical history and recommend another test if it’s required.

Male subfertility doesn’t mean that you can’t have a child.

At TFP Fertility, we offer the most successful and advanced treatments to give you the best possible chance of pregnancy.

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