How to choose the best lab to analyse your sperm sample

How to choose the best lab to analyse your sperm sampleA vasectomy reversal is all about regaining your fertility, and the potential to add to your family. Analysing your semen after a procedure is a vital part of the process. A sample must be analysed by trained and accredited embryologists or pathology staff, and the analysis must be carried out in a World Health Organisation-accredited laboratory.

It’s not good enough to look at a semen sample under a microscope. The WHO and other reputable medical establishments say this is not at accurate method to analyse semen. Quality standards set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence say services analysing semen samples must use methods and reference values which match the most recent WHO laboratory manual.

Any laboratories which provide analysis of semen samples must ensure they have a quality assurance programme in place to ensure those quality standards. Our centre of excellence uses the CARE fertility laboratory in Nottingham for all our analysis to ensure the best standards are met. There, all the embryologists are accredited for semen analysis, and they have the proper quality systems in place.

This cost is built into the price of your procedure, and we have ensured your confidentiality is protected when we get the results. If you do choose to go elsewhere for testing, please ensure you use a WHO accredited laboratory. After the reversal of your vasectomy, you can register for a convenient semen sample appointment with CARE on the web, and the results are available within a week.

Before you give your sample, please abstain from ejaculation for between two and five days. When you give your sample, wash your hands and genitals thoroughly, dry them well, and avoid contaminating the inside of the specimen jar by contact with the penis. Ensure the cap is screwed on tightly, and the label details are all correct.

The World Health Organisation says a result of around 30% of healthy sperm is considered normal. Healthy sperm travel at 4-5 millimetres per minute, and their journey is around 175 millimetres, which means it can take between ten hours and three days.

Superfoods high in zinc, anti-oxidants, and vitamin B could also help you with sperm quality. Try oysters, bananas, walnuts, garlic, dark chocolate, or asparagus.

If you have any questions, please do ask us via our contact page.