Patient Instructions for General Fertility & Post Vasecstomy Semen Test

Patient Instructions for General Fertility Test:  Semen Specimen Collection

Your semen specimen can be brought by yourself to the Urology Clinic only if:

  • It can be in the laboratory within one hour of collection, and
  • It is kept at room temperature during that time.

It is suggested, however, that you create your semen specimen while you are at the Urology Clinic.  Your semen specimen deposit should be scheduled in advance by Kathy Stevens:  call 434-924-9548 or 434-924-9560.

Please note the following important instructions and guidelines for semen collection:

  • The sample should be collected after a minimum of 2 days, and a maximum of 7 days, of sexual abstinence.
  • If you choose to collect the specimen at home, it must be collected in a clean specimen container with a secure lid, such as one with a screw-on cap.   Do not bring the specimen in a bag, or a condom, etc.
  • The specimen must be collected by masturbation directly into the container.  Avoid use of lubricants as they are toxic to sperm.  It is important to collect an entire specimen and it is critical that you notify the lab if any of the semen was lost.
  • Because sperm are very sensitive to temperature changes that might be encountered during transport, the best place to collect the specimen is here in the Urology Department.  We have a private room at the clinic that is available for collection, and we will provide you with a collection container.
  • If you perform the semen collection at home, please make certain that you download the “Patient Instructions For Fertility Semen Specimen Collection” PDF form located at this area of the Urology web site.  Please print the form, complete the fill-in area, and bring the printed form when you bring your semen sample to the clinic.
  • If you perform the semen collection at the Urology Clinic, this form data will be filled out in conjunction with your visit.
  • The test results will be sent to your physician and will be discussed with you at the time of your next appointment–or you may contact your physician directly for the results.
  • If your insurance company requires an authorization number and/or a referral letter from your family/primary care physician please make sure you have this taken care of before you come in for your appointment.

 

Please click here for a Downloadable form

Patient Instructions for Post-Vasectomy Fertility Test:
Semen Specimen Collection

Semen specimen 12 weeks after your vasectomy:

Twelve weeks (3 months) after your vasectomy, you should collect a semen specimen in the container provided to you by the Urology Department.  It is recommended that you have at least 20 ejaculations within the 12-week period after your vasectomy.

Depending on the results of your initial sample, you may be asked by your physician to provide another sample. You must utilize an alternate method of contraception until cleared by your physician. You are considered fertile following vasectomy until, as per the American Urological Assn. recommendations, at least one semen analysis shows no sperm or rare, non-motile sperm. On rare occasions, the vasectomy can fail and the vas deferens tubes can rejoin.

Your semen specimen can be brought by yourself to the Urology Clinic only if:

  • It can be in the laboratory within one hour of collection, and
  • It is kept at room temperature during that time.

It is suggested, however, that you create your semen specimen while you are at the Urology Clinic.  Your semen specimen deposit should be scheduled in advance by Kathy Stevens:  call 434-924-9548 or 434-924-9560.

Please note the following important instructions and guidelines for semen collection:

  • The sample should be collected after a minimum of 2 days, and a maximum of 7 days, of sexual abstinence.
  • If you choose to collect the specimen at home, it must be collected in a clean specimen container with a secure lid, such as one with a screw-on cap.  If you do not have the proper container, please contact the Urology clinic to obtain a sterile container for collection.  Do not bring the specimen in a bag, or a condom, etc.
  • The specimen must be collected by masturbation directly into the container.  Avoid use of lubricants as they are toxic to sperm.  It is important to collect an entire specimen and it is critical that you notify the lab if any of the semen was lost.
  • Because sperm are very sensitive to temperature changes that might be encountered during transport, the best place to collect the specimen is here in the Urology Department.  We have a private room at the clinic that is available for collection, and we will provide you with a collection container.
  • If you perform the semen collection at home, please make certain that you download the “Patient Instructions For Post-Vasectomy Semen Specimen Collection” PDF form located at this area of the Urology web site.  Please print the form, complete the fill-in area, and bring the printed form when you bring your semen sample to the clinic.
  • If you perform the semen collection at the Urology Clinic, this form data will be filled out in conjunction with your visit.
  • The test results will be sent to your physician and will be discussed with you at the time of your next appointment–or you may contact your physician directly for the results.
  • If your insurance company requires an authorization number and/or a referral letter from your family/primary care physician, please make sure you have this taken care of before you come in for your appointment.

Please click here for downloadable form