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Frequently asked questions

It's normal to have a lot of concerns during the fertility treatment process. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at our clinics.

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What do patients ask?

Do I need to register for blood tests and swabs? What are the hours of the blood collection center?

You do not need to sign up for blood tests or swabs. The collection centre is open during the hours specified on the website of the clinic of your choice, under the "Contact Us" tab.

How do I prepare for the semen analysis? Is fasting required?

You do not need to fast before semen analysis. Before performing all semen tests available in our clinic, it is recommended to maintain 2 to 7 days of sexual abstinence. The optimal time is 3 to 5 days. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided in the period before the examination. In the case of antibiotic therapy, it is recommended to perform the test 2 weeks after its completion.

Does the duration of sexual abstinence beyond 7 days affect semen parameters?

Yes, both too short and too long a period of abstinence can adversely affect the parameters being evaluated, thus limiting the diagnostic value of the test performed.

According to WHO, the time of abstinence should be between 2 and 7 days. A long period of abstinence results in an increased number of sperm cells, and thus a worsening of their viability, motility and morphology. On the other hand, if the abstinence period is too short, a decreased sperm count can be observed. It is recommended that a man who undergoes another test should have an identical period of sexual abstinence in subsequent tests.

Does smoking and alcohol consumption negatively affect semen quality?

Both excessive alcohol consumption and smoking impair semen quality. The probable reason for the negative effect of cigarette smoking on sperm is increased oxidative stress damaging sperm DNA and insufficient activity of oxidative enzymes in sperm plasma.

If you'd like to know more about how your lifestyle affects your fertility potential, learn more about our advice from the "Take Care of Your Fertility" campaign.

What should I bring to my first fertility consultation?

The first visit to a fertility clinic can be associated with a great deal of stress. It is worth preparing properly. For your first meeting with the TFP doctor, remember to bring an identity card or other document confirming your identity and a photocopy of your medical records - not only gynaecological but also a history of diseases, treatments, test results, ultrasound images, etc.

Each patient, before the first visit, should also fill out a form for fertility treatment on the Patient Portal. An account to the Patient Portal is set up during the telephone and e-mail contact with the clinic's receptionist. Thanks to this the course of the visit will be smoother and we can select appropriate diagnostic methods quicker.


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