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Instructions for correct collection of semen samples: abstinence, hygiene, etc.

Instructions for correct collection of semen samples: abstinence, hygiene, etc.

To perform different diagnostic tests on semen, for example a seminogram, also called spermiogram, a seminal culture or spermoculture, etc., as well as for its use in the different assisted reproduction techniques (artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization or donation) a semen sample is required. The adequate sample collection requires following these simple steps:

  • Prior sexual abstinence is important for at least 3 days and no more than 5 days.
  • The sample must be obtained through masturbation after having urinated and having thoroughly washed hands and genitals.
  • The conditions for taking the semen sample should be as calm and pleasant as possible and particular care must be taken to ensure all the ejaculated semen is collected.
  • The semen should only be collected in the sterile container provided by our laboratory or a pharmacy.
  • Once collected, the container should be delivered to our laboratory within an hour and should be kept from the cold (placing the container in a pocket, etc.) and light (covering it in foil).
  • No creams or lubricants should be applied to the genitals during the 8 hours leading up to sample collection.

Links of interest

  • Tobacco and semen quality
  • Semen quality parameters according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Does being sexually aroused improve semen quality?

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