Collecting a Sperm Sample – How Does it Work?

Fertility treatment is often thought of as a woman’s issue.  This is partially due to the fact that women have more working parts in their reproductive systems.  Additionally, women are more likely to talk about fertility concerns with their friends and family.  Men play a vital role in the fertility process.  However, they may be unprepared for what it means to provide a sperm sample.shutterstock_115989118

Emotional Reactions

For many men, providing a sperm sample can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.  Although sperm samples are provided throughout the day at fertility centers, it can be tough thinking that everyone knows what your partner is doing behind closed doors.  Additionally, providing a sperm sample may trigger other emotions your partner has about his fertility.

Collection Process

Collecting sperm for testing and fertility treatment should begin with rules from the fertility center.  There will likely be instructions regarding how long your partner should abstain from ejaculating before providing the sample.  During this waiting period, he’ll likely be asked to abstain from smoking and drinking and to eat healthy meals in order to achieve optimal sperm health.

Depending on the needs of your fertility center, you’ll be given the option of providing a sample in the fertility center or providing a sample from home that is transported quickly to the center.  It is important that the sample be delivered to the center no more than 60 minutes after it is produced.  Furthermore, it must be kept at body temperature.

For men who are unable to provide a manual sample for any reason, it is possible to provide a sample via a special condom that can be provided by your fertility center.  When this is used, intercourse may be used to produce the sample.  However, great care must be taken to ensure the sperm inside the condom is not contaminated in any way.

Receive additional information on fertility treatment from a male’s perspective from the experts at New Hope Fertility Center.  Men who understand the fertility process and know what to expect find the process less intimidating.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.

 

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