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Why is sexual abstinence necessary for a spermogram if the samples will not be used for any treatment?

By Rebeca Reus BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 04/06/2022

Maintaining adequate days of abstinence before performing the semen analysis allows the test results to be reliable. For example, if a man ejaculates two hours before obtaining the sample for testing, both the sperm volume and sperm concentration will be lower than they would be if a longer period of abstinence was maintained.

Therefore, if the days of abstinence are too many or insufficient before performing the spermiogram, a seminal alteration may be erroneously diagnosed and an inadequate assisted reproduction treatment may be indicated.

Read the full article on: How Does Sexual Abstinence Affect Sperm Quality? ( 56).
 Rebeca Reus
Rebeca Reus
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).
Embryologist. Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).