Can a tool be developed for authors, reviewers and editors of the ESHRE Journals to improve the quality of published studies which rely on semen analysis data? Laboratory work which includes semen analysis is burdened by a lack of standardization. Robust methods are available to reduce laboratory error in semen analysis, inducing adherence to World Health Organization techniques, participation in an external quality control scheme and appropriate training of laboratory personnel.
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Semen analysis is a basic step in the investigation of several disturbances affecting the male genital tract. Analysis of seminal parameters provides important clinical information on the spermatogenesis and functional competence of spermatozoa, as well as on the secretory pattern of the accessory genital glands. Semen analysis is particularly useful in the evaluation of couples requiring fertility investigation to detect genital infections and pathologies and in verifying the influence of environmental factors, drugs, lifestyle, chemical products, and professional activities on several diseases affecting male reproductive health. Measure of semen quality is of substantial interest for diagnoses in clinical urology, andrology, and gynecology.
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.
A semen analysis, also called a sperm count, measures the quantity and quality of a man's semen and sperm. Semen is the thick, white fluid released from the penis during a man's sexual climax orgasm. This release is called ejaculation.
The fifth edition includes new information on sperm preparation for clinical use or specialized assays and on cyropreservation, an expanded section on quality control in the semen analysis laboratory and evidence-based reference ranges and reference limits for various semen characteristics. The methods described are intended to improve the quality of semen analysis and the comparability of results from different laboratories. Semen analysis may be useful in both clinical and research settings, for investigating male fertility status as well as monitoring spermatogenesis during and following male fertility regulation and other interventions.
A semen analysis plural: semen analysesalso called " seminogram "  evaluates certain characteristics of a male's semen and the sperm contained therein. It is done to help evaluate male fertilitywhether for those seeking pregnancy or verifying the success of vasectomy. Depending on the measurement method, just a few characteristics may be evaluated such as with a home kit or many characteristics may be evaluated generally by a diagnostic laboratory. Collection techniques and precise measurement method may influence results.
A semen analysis measures three major factors of sperm health:. According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry AACCthe tests should be conducted at least seven days apart and over the course of two to three months. Sperm counts can vary on a daily basis.