How To Obtain Ejaculate For The Semen Analysis

    Providing a semen sample by masturbation can be very stressful for some men - especially when they know their counts are low; or if they have had problems with masturbation "on demand" for semen analysis in the past. Men who have this problem can and should ask for help. Either their wife can help them to provide a sample - or they can see sexually arousing pictures or use a mechanical vibrator to help them get an erection .

    Some men also find it helpful to use liquid paraffin to provide lubrication during masturbation. For some men, using the medicine called Viagra can help them to get an erection, thus providing additional assistance.

    If the problem still persists, it is possible to collect the ejaculate in a special silicone condom (which is non-toxic to the sperm but is not available in India ) during sexual intercourse, and then send this to the laboratory for testing.

    You will need to produce a semen sample, usually by masturbation or sex and then ejaculating into a clean sample cup. You can do this in a private room or in a bathroom at your health professional's office or clinic.

    If you live close to your health professional's office or clinic, you may be able to collect the semen sample at home and then transport it to the office or clinic for testing.

    • The most common way to collect semen is by masturbation, directing the semen into a clean sample cup. Do not use a lubricant.
    • You can collect a semen sample during sex by withdrawing your penis from your partner just before ejaculating (coitus interruptus).
    • You then ejaculate into a clean sample cup. This method can be used after a vasectomy to test for the presence of sperm, but other methods will likely be recommended if you are testing for infertility.
    • You can also collect a semen sample during sex by using a condom. If you use a regular condom, you will need to wash it thoroughly before using it to remove any powder or lubricant on it that might kill sperm.
    • You may also be given a special condom that does not contain any substance that kills sperm (spermicide). After you have ejaculated, carefully remove the condom from your penis. Tie a knot in the open end of the condom and place it in a container that can be sealed in case the condom leaks or breaks.

    If you collect the semen sample at home, the sample must be received at the laboratory or clinic within 1 hour.

    Keep the sample out of direct sunlight and do not allow it to get cold or hot. If it is a cold day, carry the semen sample container against your body to keep it as close to body temperature as possible. Do not refrigerate the semen sample.

    Since semen samples may vary from day to day, 2 or 3 different samples may be evaluated within a 3-month period for accurate testing.

    A semen analysis to test the effectiveness of a vasectomy is usually done 6 weeks after the vasectomy. 

    Producing a semen sample does not cause any discomfort. But you may feel embarrassed about the method used to collect it. If masturbation is against your religious beliefs, discuss alternate methods of collection with your health professional.