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A semen analysis is done by our andrology laboratory by appointment only. The male partner is required to have one to three days of abstinence prior to the day the analysis is to be done. The male partner collects the specimen in a private room adjacent to the laboratory. The specimen can be collected at home in a sterile container only if he cannot collect in the laboratory. Semen cultures for bacteria and Ureaplasma are taken since there is a possibility these microorganisms play a role in infertility. The cultures are sent to an outside laboratory who will send a bill to the insurance company. Again let us know if your insurance company requires the use of a specific laboratory. If these microorganisms are present, treatment of one or both partners is recommended. Candidates for in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) will have another test performed which involves separating the more active sperm. This is called a sperm wash. Out-of-town patients can schedule a semen analysis ahead of time to be done the day of the initial consultation.