Collection, continued

How to Subscribe
MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package
Includes 182 CE courses, most popular
$109Add to cart
Pick Your Courses
Up to 8 CE hours
$55Add to cart
Individual course$25Add to cart
Need multiple seats for your university or lab? Get a quote
The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Semen Analysis. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

Learn more about Semen Analysis (online CE course)
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.