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Specimen must reach the Lab within 1 hour of collection. Condoms are not acceptable. The patient should refrain from ejaculation for 2-7 days (ideally 3 days) prior to collection. Specimen must be obtained by masturbation only
Sample Daily by 1 pm; Report Same day
Sperm count can be important if you’re trying to conceive a child. An abnormal sperm count may also indicate an underlying health condition.
A normal sperm count ranges from 15 million sperm to more than 200 million sperm per milliliter (mL) of semen. Anything less than 15 million sperm per milliliter, or 39 million sperm per ejaculate, is considered low. A low sperm count is often referred to as oligospermia. A high, or above average, sperm count is over 200 million sperm per millimeter.
You can determine your sperm count through a semen analysis. You can get the analysis done at your doctor’s office, a fertility clinic, or with an at-home test.
A semen analysis tests for the following:
- number of sperm (volume)
- shape of sperm
- movement of sperm, or “sperm motility”
The number, shape, and mobility of sperm are important for testing for male factor infertility. Your doctor may recommend testing up to three samples of sperm at different visits to get an accurate analysis.
At-home tests only test for the number of sperm. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in a full analysis.