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Semen Testing

Nearly one third of all men are found to have an abnormality in their sperm or semen. Semen analysis measures the amount of semen a man produces as well as the number and quality of sperm in the semen. This is usually one of the first tests administered to a couple having difficulties with pregnancy.

Semen analysis measures several different components of semen, including:

  • Volume – how much semen is produced in one ejaculation.
  • Liquefaction time – the amount of time that semen turns from a thick, gel-like substance to a liquid. Normal liquefaction time is 20 minutes.
  • Sperm count – number of sperm per milliliter of semen in one ejaculation.
  • Sperm morphology – percent of sperm that have normal shape.
  • Sperm motility – percentage of sperm that can move forward normally.
  • pH – measure of alkalinity (high pH) or acidity (low pH) of the semen.
  • White blood cell count – white blood cells are normally absent from semen and any found could represent an abnormality.
  • Fructose level – measure of fructose in the semen. Fructose provides energy and coats the sperm during travel to the egg.

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