What is it?
This is the analysis of a man’s semen. It is usually easy, cheap, and not too inconvenient and tells the doctor immediately:
- The number of sperm present (total count)
- Whether they moving normally (their motility) and if so how well
- Their appearance and shape (their morphology)
- The vitality of sperm (number actively moving)
- Other aspects of the examination include the volume and consistency of the ejaculate produced.
Why is this done?
Almost all couples presenting to Fertility North will have a semen analysis. When the results of this data are collated an assessment of a man’s potential fertility can be given. Frequently, more than one analysis is required, since the testes are a very sensitive indicator of general health and, as sperm are produced over a ten-week period, many factors can effect their production. Apart from azoospermia (no sperm present) no single measured parameter of a semen analysis in an individual is indicative of fertility - it is the assessment of a combination of factors, including your background health, that enable an overall prognosis to be made.