Semen Analysis

First step in determining fertility

A semen analysis is the most basic and first step in determining fertility. A semen analysis involves a sperm count and also checks the shape of the sperm and the motility (how the sperm move/swim).

The semen analysis may also include more specialized tests such as:
  • Antisperm anitbodies – We can test to see if antibodies to sperm are present which may impact fertilization of egg and motility of sperm.
  • Leukocytes in the semen – We check for inflammation or white blood cells in the semen that might indicate infection and may limit fertility.
  • Viability of the sperm – We can determine if the sperm are 'alive.' This test may help determine if your treatment plan should include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF and ICSI.
  • Hyaluronic acid binding – This test can be used to improve the selection of the sperm to be used with ICSI.
  • Donor sperm – We work with many sperm banks to provide donor sperm inseminations (TDI – therapeutic donor insemination).
  • Coordination of care – We work closely with Dr. Ajay Nangia who is trained in reproductive urology to facilitate care of each couple experiencing difficulties conceiving. Learn more about the treatment of male infertility at The University of Kansas Health System.