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.
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.