Male Checkup

fertility check-ups

Male fertility check-up

A male fertility check-up, or assessment, will help you to understand your fertility status. The semen is analysed and with the results, you will understand your fertility status and ability to conceive.

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What is checked

The most common causes of male infertility are associated with sperm abnormalities, therefore, initial investigations for the male include a semen analysis which examines the density (sperm count), morphology (shape) and mobility of sperm. A normal sperm count would be measured at around 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen.

How is it performed

You will be asked to attend the clinic to provide a semen sample so that the analysis can be performed immediately after production. Prior to your appointment, you must ensure to abstain from any form of sexual activity for between 2 and 5 days so we obtain the best possible sample from you. The appointment will last no longer than 60 minutes.

It is possible for you to produce a sample at home, however, this will need to be discussed carefully first to ensure that you can transport the sample to the clinic within 60 minutes to avoid degradation.

What is analysed

The following parameters will be examined in a semen analysis:

  • The number of sperm present within the ejaculate (the sperm count)
  • The number of sperm that are moving (mobility)
  • The number of sperm that are normally formed (morphology)
  • Whether or not there are anti-sperm antibodies present (in cases of poor sperm parameters)
  • Whether there are any observable infections present within the sample

We can also perform the following services, at additional cost:

  • The number of sperm surviving over a 24 hour period
  • Culturing the sample to check for presence of bacterial infections

Discussion of results and further testing

Your sample will be analysed by one of our andrologists or embryologists directly after it is produced. They will then provide you with a report of their findings and discuss their implications on your fertility potential during the appointment. If you are undergoing a check-up with your partner, the semen analysis will also be reviewed by your fertility specialist.

In certain cases, you may be advised to undergo further testing.

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