Young men at risk for infertility can submit a semen sample before moving from pediatric care to adult care as results of semen analysis in adult years are similar to those in pediatric years, according to researchers from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Urology.

The study investigated 79 young men ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. Results of personal semen analysis changed among individuals, but there were no age-related changes that deemed the original analysis incompetent.

Conclusion: Researchers noted changes in semen analysis, but the changes were seen on an individual basis. Total motile count (TMC) between the two semen samples was comparable. TMC is an important factor in determining fertility via semen analysis. Young male semen samples may be used to determine infertility or risk of infertility.

Source: Christman MS, Kraft KH, Tasian GE, Zderic SA, Kolon TF. Reproducibility and Reliability of Semen Analyses in Youths at Risk for Infertility. J Urol. 2013 Feb 19. pii: S0022-5347(13)00299-1. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.02.030.