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See the Lab Guide’s Explanation of Sample Requirements for key to sample codes.
|Test||Code||Sample Reqs||Turnaround||Special |
|Chlamydia trachomatis in semen (PCR)||UPCR||Semen||3 days|
|Infection screen 7 x STD in semen (PCR)||PP12||Semen||3 days|
|Semen Analysis, Comprehensive||SPER||Semen||2 days*||1|
|Semen Analysis, Vasectomy Reversal||SPER||Semen||2 days*||1|
|Semen Analysis, Post-Vasectomy**||PVAS||Semen||2 days||1|
|Semen Culture||SPCU||Semen||2-3 days|
|Semen Fructose||SPCF||Semen||2 days|
|Sperm Antibodies (Serum)||ASAB||B||5 days|
|Sperm Antibodies /MAR Test (Semen)***||ASPA||Semen||1 day||1|
|Sperm Aneuploidy||SPPL||Semen||4 weeks||1|
|Sperm DNA Fragmentation (SCSA)||SEXT||Semen||2-3 weeks||1|
|Sperm Morphology (Kruger strict criteria)||MRPH||Semen||2 days||1|
|Oxidative Stress in Semen (ROS)||SROS||Semen||1 day||1|
|Retrograde Ejaculation||RTRO||Contact Lab||2 days||1|
|Semen Leucocytes||PMNS||Semen||2 days||1|
* If required, comprehensive semen analysis can be reported within 4 hrs, with morphology to follow.
** The UK guidelines state that clearance may only be given and contraception dispensed with, when there is no evidence of presence of sperm in a single ejaculate when recommendations (see below) are met. It is rare that a ‘diagnosis’ is made without confirmation, therefore patients/clinicians should be able to freely request a second confirmatory sample.
Recommendations, as given by the Association of Biomedical Andrologists, the British Andrology Society and the British Association of Urological Surgeons 2016, are as follows:
*** Sperm antibodies in semen are measured as part of the routine semen analysis.
See the Lab Guide's Explanation of Sample Requirements for key to sample codes.
Sperm swim test
Sperm preparation for overnight survival
Sperm motility and vitality testing for epididymal toxicity
Sperm retrieval procedures (biopsy, PESA, MESA)
Sperm cryopreservation and storage
(undertaken by Anrdrology Solutions – HFEA and EUTD licensed)
All men who store sperm must be screened for HIV 1&2, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HTLV. Under HFEA regulations, sperm can be stored for an initial period of 10 years with formal consent. All patients are offered counselling prior to sperm cryopreservation.
These arrangements, and details for other specialist semen tests, are available on request. Please contact TDL Andrology on 020 7025 7940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.