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How do days of abstinence affect semen quality?
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How do days of abstinence affect semen quality?

When a man has a semen analysis to study the quality of his semen, it is important to respect the time of abstinence. It is normal to have around 3-5 days of abstinence before performing a semen analysis. If the period of abstinence is longer, the result of the semen analysis may show a high concentration of spermatozoa and motility problems.

In addition, if the period of abstinence is shorter than recommended or not at all, the semen analysis result would also be unrealistic.

By MD, MSc (gynecologist), (embryologist), MD, MSc (gynecologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 06/24/2021