Refrain from any sexual activity including masturbation for at least 2 days and no more than 10 days. Longer or shorter periods of abstinence may result in a lower sperm count or decreased sperm motility. A private room is available for semen collection within close proximity of our laboratory and is recommended for collection. The semen specimen should be obtained by masturbation. Alternate methods may be discussed but are not recommended. Do not use any lubricant, including saliva, when collecting semen.
Many men describe the experience as awkward and even a little embarrassing. If you have severe male infertility resulting in few or no sperm, you may require a surgical procedure such as microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration MESA or testicular sperm aspiration TESA. Most doctors recommend you ejaculate directly into a provided sample cup and not use a condom. If you must use a condom, your lab will provide a special semen collection condom that does not contain spermicide. There are a few rules for collecting your semen sample:. Sperm does not have a long life outside of the body or in environments with fluctuating temperatures.
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