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What recommendations should be taken into account before performing a semen analysis?

By Mónica Aura Masip M.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 03/18/2022

Before performing a seminogram or analysis of the semen sample and to guarantee the maximum reliability of the diagnosis, the semen sample must be obtained following a series of specific indications:

  • A sexual abstinence of 2-4 days. The limits are no less than 2 nor more than 4 days of abstinence.
  • Sample collection in a sterile pharmacy cup.
  • The way to obtain the sample is through masturbation, neither coitus interruptus nor the use of commercial condoms being valid.
  • Maximum hygienic conditions in sample collection (previous handwashing).
  • The semen sample must be collected completely, if part of it is spilled, it will not be valid.
  • A maximum of 1 or 1.5 hours should elapse from collection to delivery to the laboratory, the delay in time may affect the mobility of the sperm.
  • It is important to keep it at room temperature and avoid significant fluctuations in temperature.
  • Notify if you are taking any medication or if you have had a fever in the last few days.
 Mónica  Aura Masip
Mónica Aura Masip
M.D., M.Sc.
Gynecologist
Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB.
Licence number: 31588
Gynecologist. Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB. Licence number: 31588.