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Getting a sperm analysis test is important. In case the report comes back normal, it’s very reassuring for the patient; this test doesn’t have to be repeated either. If the analysis shows up as normal, the doctors won’t really have to examine the man at all as that check will then be superfluous.
Reasons for poor test results
The one thing to keep in mind here is that even if the sperm motility and count are in the normal range, it doesn’t really mean that the man is fertile. Motile sperm aren’t necessarily “working” sperm and it’s not certain that they will be able to fertilize the eggs. The only way we would be able to check whether the sperm work, is by doing IVF. There are times when the sperm test results don’t come out right. This could happen in case:
If the sperm test shows up as abnormal, it will have to be repeated 3-4 times over a period of 3-6 months. This has to be done to confirm whether the abnormality is persistent or not. It’s also important that we don’t jump to conclusions on the basis of one report. Keep in mind that sperm counts can also vary on their own.
Range of other tests
It takes the testes 6 weeks to produce new sperm; this is why you have to wait before you take the next test. It’s best to get the analysis done at another just to ensure that the report is valid. There are a number of other sperm function tests available such as:
Many of these are expensive tests, which provide information of very little clinical use.
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