Semen analysis

The quality of your sperm is really important in deciding your next steps. 

Male fertility problems are one of the largest known causes of infertility in couples – in fact, they contribute to up to 30%–50% of cases. Sperm analysis is essential to both diagnosis and treatment, so when you come to us, your sperm is one of the first things we’ll need to check. 

Could semen analysis be right for me?

Whether or not you’re generally healthy or have had a child before, we’ll always recommend semen analysis to every man that comes to CARE. When couples are struggling to start a family around 30% of cases are related to sperm, so it’s essential we see whether this is a possibility.

We’d usually book you in for semen analysis before your first consultation or as part of a fertility assessment. That way, the results will be ready when you meet your consultant.

When couples are struggling to start a family around 30% of cases are related to sperm, so it’s essential we see whether this is a possibility.

What does semen analysis involve?

Before the sperm test, you’ll need to abstain from sex for three to five days. When we test your semen sample, we’ll assess:

  • Volume
  • Number of sperm
  • Sperm motility, looking at how well they’re swimming
  • Shape, size, and appearance – or morphology - of the sperm
  • Presence of white or red blood cells
  • Whether there’s an immune response, known as anti-sperm antibodies, against sperm proteins.

To find out more about sperm analysis and other male fertility tests, or to book an appointment, contact us or call your local clinic.