One of the first steps in fertility testing for any male infertility issues is a semen analysis. Sometimes even debris and cells can be found in the sample. Debris, such as epithelial cells, is commonly found in small quantities, as well as, white blood cells. White blood cells in semen is not an issue, unless there is the presence of more than 1 million white blood cells per milliliter of semen. White blood cells are an essential part of the immune system.
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It might appear that men are neglected when it comes to the fertility clinic. The primary purpose of the semen analysis is to decide whether any intervention is necessary and if so, to select the most appropriate way forwards. What follows is a brief guide to the tests that the semen laboratory will carry out along with an explanation of what the results mean. The best semen sample is obtained after between 2 — 3 days sexual abstinence. Abstaining for more than 5 days provides a lower quality sample.
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By Jessica Hamzelou. The question is why? The latest idea is that infections like flu are to blame, by disrupting sperm production. A high number of white blood cells can indicate some kind of infection, and so men with lots of round cells in their ejaculate may be tested for sexually transmitted infections, says Palermo.