Semen Analysis

Sperm quality and quantity

Male infertility affects almost half of all couples trying to conceive. Often a man could be completely healthy but produce poor quality sperm. Some men may have more serious medical problems, such as low male sex hormones or testosterone levels.

A semen analysis is the most important male infertility test, providing an accurate measurement of the number of sperm, motility (proportion of sperm that can swim) and morphology (sperm shape).

It is a simple test to undertake with the analysis best performed by a specialist infertility laboratory, such as the AndrologyDepartment at Nairobi IVF.

If you have a low sperm count, poor sperm movement, or high numbers of abnormally shaped sperm, IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) can be used.
The cost of a Semen Analysis is KES 4,000.
If sperm stick to each other head-to-head, tail-to-tail or in a mixed way, this is known as agglutination, and the presence of sperm antibodies may be the cause. Put simply, that means you have developed antibodies against your own sperm which can significantly affect sperm penetration into the cervical mucus and the success of standard IVF treatment. IVF with ICSI is used to overcome this issue as well.
Once you have booked your appointment, you may produce your semen sample in a private room within our clinic at the time of your appointment.

Instructions for providing a semen sample:

> Special sterile specimen containers are available from Nairobi IVF.
> Avoid ejaculation (intercourse or masturbation) for two to five days before the test.
> Write your full name and date of birth on the specimen container.
> Produce the sample by masturbation, without lubricant or condoms. If masturbation is not acceptable, your fertility specialist can provide a special condom to collect a sample during intercourse at home.
> Deliver the sample to the laboratory within one hour if produced at home. In transit, keep the sample at close to body temperature, for example in a pocket close to your skin.
Diagnosis of the causes of male infertility may require blood tests for follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone. These play a role in the development and maturation of sperm. A chromosome analysis (karyotype) and other tests may be conducted if the sperm count is very low or zero. Referral to an andrologist (a specialist in male reproductive disorders) may be advised.

If you would like to make an appointment please call us on +254 20 2731982 or complete the form below.

Read more about abnormal sperm production

Calculate your chance of achieving a pregnancy using our male fertility tool

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