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Collection, continued

Other aspects of specimen collection that must be considered are the temperature of the specimen and the time needed to transport it to the laboratory.

  • Ideally, the specimen should be collected in a room at the testing site.
  • If onsite collection is not possible:
    • The specimen should be kept between 20-37°C (room temperature to body temperature) from the time of collection until it arrives at the laboratory. This can be facilitated by holding the container close to the body, for example by carrying it in an inside pocket.
    • Semen should arrive at the laboratory as soon as possible after collection, preferably within one hour.
    • The individual should record the time of semen production.
    • The report should note that the sample was collected at a location outside the laboratory.