How long should you abstain before a sperm analysis?

By Rebeca Reus BSc, MSc.
Last Update: 11/20/2017

Experts recommend patients to refrain from any form os sexual activity that involves ejaculation for at least two days. However, abstinence periods of ten days or over are considered counterproductive, as they may result in a lower sperm count or even decreased sperm motility.

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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).
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