Male Fertility Tests

Semen Analysis

A semen analysis is an integral part of the infertility evaluation because up to 40% of all infertility problems involve the male partner to some extent. A detailed analysis of the semen involves an accurate measurement of the semen volume, motility, quality of forward progression, sperm concentration, total number of sperm per ejaculate, pH, viscosity, percentage of morphologically abnormal sperm, presence of any agglutination and the number of white blood cells and immature sperm cells. When an abnormal semen analysis is discovered suggestive of male factor infertility, more involved testing may be warranted. These tests may include a hormonal evaluation, sperm function testing such as a sperm penetration assay, immunological testing or an evaluation by a urologist specializing in male infertility treatment.

A semen analysis may be performed without a doctor’™s order for anyone who is interested in determining whether or not male fertility issues exist.

Please note: THE TEST IS DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AT OUR LAB IN NEWPORT BEACH, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To schedule your test, please call the lab in Newport Beach at 949-642-5954.

A detailed instruction sheet will be given to you prior to the test by your physician or nurse. A collection room is available for your use in both facilities if so desired.’ You may call the doctor’s office for your test results in approximately 4-5 working days.

Sperm Penetration Assay (SPA)

Sperm penetration assay is used to determine the fertilizing potential of the sperm by using hamster eggs. The hamster eggs are taken from a female hamster and stripped of their zona pellucida, or outer shell-like covering. These eggs are then exposed to human sperm in the laboratory. Human sperm are able to penetrate these specially treated eggs, but the eggs cannot develop into embryos. A normal test usually results in greater than 20 percent of the eggs penetrated or six penetrations per egg. A lower number of penetrations may suggest that the sperm are unable to penetrate a woman’s egg.

Please note:’THE TEST IS DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AT OUR LAB IN NEWPORT BEACH, Mondays between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and on Tuesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

To schedule your test, please call the lab in Newport Beach at 949-642-5954.

A detailed instruction sheet will be given to you prior to the test by your physician or nurse. A collection room is available for your use in both facilities if so desired. You may call the doctor’s office for your test results in approximately 7 working days.