The comprehensive semen analysis is the first line test that we offer here. All parameters recommended by the World Health Organisation are tested. These include: Count, motility, morphology, anti-sperm anti-bodies and vitality.
There are two pre-conditions: You must not have had high fever in the last 12 weeks. You must abstain from ejaculation for at least two but no more than five days before the test.
So you want to have children?
The first step is to have some tests carried out. The comprehensive semen analysis is the first line test asked for by doctors if you are under 35 and have tried for over half a year or over 35 and have tried for over one year.
If your problem is premature ejaculation or low libido, separate tests are available for these conditions. Please click on the right condition below:
If you have already done a semen test and found that you have issues, you may wish to check out our treatment page.
For treatment with premature ejaculation, please go to treatment for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation page.
How much is the fee?
The all inclusive fee is £155. It includes the test per se, sending a report to you and following it up with a phone call to explain the result and explore treatment options if appropriate.
What does the test consists of?
The test wil test all major parameters recommended by the WHO. Among other variables, the test will cover:
- Sperm count
- Sperm motility (total, progressive and types of movement)
- Sperm morphology
- Anti-sperm anti-bodies (MAR tests)
What is the ideal condition for semen analysis?
2 to 5 days of abstinence provides the ideal condition for a sperm test to be carried out. You should also not have had any high fever in the last 12 weeks.
When will results come in?
Results will come in in 3 working days. We will explain the results to you and explore options when there are issues. Since the test is carried out by a reputable laboratory in this field, the results will be accepted by any doctor or clinic in the world.
How should I interpret the test result?
The test results are set against the benchmarks provided by the World Health Organisation WHO (2010). The results will include parameters of sperm count, sperm motility, sperm morphology, anti-sperm antibodies and sperm vitality among others. When some or all of the major parameters are found to be below benchmarks, they are generally deemed to be indicative of infertility.
It is worth noting that the results should not be interpreted too rigidly. The results indicate probabilities rather present a black and white picture. We have seen clients with lower than benchmark result in one or more parameters achieve natural pregnancy within one year. Likewise, we have seen clients with all parameters above benchmarks fail to achieve natural pregnancy within one year. They should therefore be considered in the light of the bigger picture i.e. age; how long the patient has been trying; what is happening on the female side amongst other factors. All these factors should be taken into account when interpreting the results and when deciding if further tests or investigation and/or treatment are necessary.
Can the test results be improved?
We have extensive experience in improving sperm count, sperm motility, sperm morphology and reduce anti-sperm anti-bodies. To find out more and to see what IVF consultants and patients say about us, please go to our fertility treatment for man’s page.
What to do next?
The WHO also recommends a retest in 12 weeks the results show abnormalities. In the meantime, we will explore with you treatment options.
How do I arrange a test?
The test can usually be arranged for the next day. There is no need to get referral from GP or doctor. We will do everything for you. Just call us on 0207 096 0283.
Professor Shun Au OBE
TCM Healthcare Fertility Clinic