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A semen analysis is a common test used to identify possible male infertility.  It is painless and completed in a doctor’s office. Experts at the University of Miami Health System use semen analysis to help you learn more about your ability to father a child.

Who Is a Candidate?

If a couple has not been able to conceive a child after one year of trying, the man may need to undergo semen analysis to check for possible causes. Women may undergo different tests and examinations to look for causes of infertility.

What to Expect

For a semen analysis, you will need to stimulate your genitals in order to leave a sperm sample in a cup for the doctor to examine. You may be able to do this at home or at your doctor’s office. You may also be able to collect a sample during intercourse using a specialized condom. Please follow all instructions your doctor gives you as carefully as possible when collecting a semen sample. Do not use any lubricants that are not provided by your doctor.

Your semen sample is then examined in a lab for properties like:

  • Sperm count (how many sperm are in the semen sample)
  • Sperm motility (how well sperm swim)
  • Sperm morphology (the shape and size of the sperm)
  • Sperm viability (how many sperm are alive and moving)

After your semen analysis, your doctor will talk to you about your results and what they mean for your fertility. They will discuss with you any other steps you need to take to father a child.

Why Choose UHealth?

Innovative, expert urology care at the Desai Sethi Urology Institute. Our team of urology experts delivers advanced care for all urologic conditions. We use the latest research and the least invasive procedures to help you feel better and recover more quickly. Our experienced urologists design a personalized treatment plan to give you the best possible results.

Advanced research in men’s health. Our urologists are dedicated to men’s health and conduct innovative research into many conditions. Our expert team has helped develop new minimally invasive and robotic surgical procedures to treat cancers, incontinence, and more. We give you access to leading-edge treatments and clinical trials that aren’t widely available. In addition, we have established the eighth fellowship program in the nation dedicated solely to teaching physicians how to care for men’s health.

Multidisciplinary approach to care. Your doctor works closely with specialists in radiology, behavioral health, and surgery to offer comprehensive treatment. You have a team of experts on your side.

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