Semen collection for testing or procedures

Specimen containers

Semen samples must be collected into a non-toxic, sterile container. It will be given to you in the Andrology Lab. Do not try to collect semen in any other container. This may result in low sperm survival.

Sample collection facilities

Semen must be given to the Andrology Lab within 10 minutes after it is collected. So, the semen must be collected at the North Dodge lab. A room in a private place is used. Your partner may be with you. Sperm collected after anal, oral, or vaginal sex with the withdrawal method before ejaculation cannot be used.

Sample Collection Method

Masturbation with or without the use of lubricants is the best and preferred method. All people are strongly encouraged to use this. It prevents contamination and provides the most viable sperm population. 

The lab has a non-toxic lubricant in the room. This is the only lubricant that can be used. Any other lubricants, such as Vaseline, K-Y Jelly, water, or saliva, should not be used. It will kill some or all the sperm.

People who cannot collect a sample by masturbation can use nonspermicidal condoms and collect using intercourse. This should only be used as a last resort. The risk of contamination and/or loss is very high.

Last reviewed: 
November 2021

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