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Purpose of Semen Analysis

Semen analysis is performed primarily to determine whether compromised semen parameters contribute to infertility. Infertility has been defined as the failure of a couple to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. The results of the semen analysis may provide sufficient information for a diagnosis or may indicate the need for additional testing.
Other reasons for performing a semen analysis include:
  • Confirmation that vasectomy has reduced sperm count to zero.
  • Confirmation of the presence of sperm following reversal of vasectomy.
  • Monitoring spermatogenesis during and following treatment programs.