A semen analysis looks at many aspects of the semen and sperm; assessing the density, morphology and motility of sperm.
A Semen Culture test is carried out to assess for the presence of the microorganisms in the semen.
A Sperm DNA Fragmentation test goes beyond the semen analysis and culture tests to explore the sperm at a molecular level to assess for DNA damage. We can perform the SpermComet test at the same time as your semen analysis test. We will explain your results to you in detail at your follow-up consultation.
A blood test measures the level of testosterone and other hormones.
Basic- This is a male screening package is a series of blood tests which form part of a comprehensive fertility workup. This package comprises of the following tests
Sperm in urine can indicate that semen is traveling backwards into the bladder instead of out of the penis during ejaculation. This test is undertaken to determine whether there is any physical damage or obstruction.
Men with a sperm count less than 5 million/ml may also have a problem with the AZF genes on the Y chromosome. This test may influence the decision on whether or not to perform surgical sperm retrieval.
Mutations of the cystic fibrosis gene are involved in male infertility. Some causes of male infertility such as absence of the vas deferens are considered to be mild incomplete forms of cystic fibrosis disease.
It is of utmost importance to also screen the female partner of the affected male for CFTR gene mutations. If the female partner is found to be a carrier of a CFTR gene mutation, Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is necessary to avoid having a child with the full blown picture of cystic fibrosis disease.