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Semen Analysis (Sperm Count)

Scheduling

  • A scheduled appointment is required for the Andrology Lab.
    • Call 1-319-467-5299.
    • Lab visits are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Before calling to schedule, please register with UI Health Care by calling 1-866-309-0832.   
    • You will be asked questions about your insurance, address, and phone number. 
    • All patients need an order from their provider to have the sperm count done. 
    • The lab will not be able to do the test without this order.
  • Do not ejaculate for at least 2 to 7 days before your test.

Getting to the lab

  • The Andrology Lab is on Level 2 of the North Dodge building.
  • Take the elevator to Level 2 and check in at Reception.

Your appointment

  • Children cannot be in the waiting room at the lab.
    • If you need to bring children, please bring an adult to care for them during your appointment.
  • You need to bring a photo ID to your visit.
  • There are comfortable, private, and secure rooms for you to use. Your partner may go with you to collect your sample.
  • Use the container given to you by the Andrology Lab for your semen sample.
    • Do not collect your semen into any other container. The test results will not be valid.
  • It is important to have the entire ejaculate for a valid test result.
    • Tell the laboratory technologist if you did not collect a full sample.
  • Semen quality can change due to health conditions and certain medicines.
    • Tell your nurse or doctor if you have had a health problem in the past 3 to 6 months (such as fever) or if you are taking any medicines.
    • You will be asked a brief health questionnaire by staff.

Results

  • The semen analysis test results will be in your medical record the day of testing.
  • If a morphology was ordered, the results will be done within 7 business days.
  • People with an active MyChart account will be able to see results 1 week after the doctor goes over the results.

Care Team