Some might call the collection process the best part. Your testicles are constantly producing sperm. During an ejaculation, the sperm stored in your epididymis are shot out and fresh sperm come in. It takes days to completely refill the epididymis. Testing too soon after an ejaculation will usually show a lower sperm count than your average.
Many men describe the experience as awkward and even a little embarrassing. If you have severe male infertility resulting in few or no sperm, you may require a surgical procedure such as microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration MESA or testicular sperm aspiration TESA. Most doctors recommend you ejaculate directly into a provided sample cup and not use a condom. If you must use a condom, your lab will provide a special semen collection condom that does not contain spermicide. There are a few rules for collecting your semen sample:. Sperm does not have a long life outside of the body or in environments with fluctuating temperatures. Delays in delivering semen and exposure to various temperatures will result in lower overall motile sperm count and poor semen cryopreservation.
Refrain from any sexual activity including masturbation for at least 2 days and no more than 10 days. Longer or shorter periods of abstinence may result in a lower sperm count or decreased sperm motility. A private room is available for semen collection within close proximity of our laboratory and is recommended for collection. The semen specimen should be obtained by masturbation.
Semen collection refers to the process of obtaining semen from human males or other animals with the use of various methods, for the purposes of artificial insemination , or medical study usually in fertility clinics. Semen can be collected via masturbation  e. The best specimen is produced when a short period of 3—5 days of abstinence is observed.