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Why my semen analysis is different here than in my first doctor's office?‏

Why is it that my semen analysis is different here than in my first doctor's office? I'm rather confused. Please help me.

1 answers - 2010-09-21

Doctor
Hello, it is normal that your semen analysis is different here than in your first doctor's office, because Semen quality changes day to day, week to week and month to month. 

There are also certain minor variations in laboratory techniques that will result in differences in evaluation of the semen quality from one office to another. However, the differences should not be sufficient enough to make an abnormal semen normal or visa versa. Usually, when the sperm production has once been adversely and seriously affected, one's sperm count stays in the low range, no matter where it is tested. A change of two or three million is not a significant variation. However, in order to establish a good base line for future therapy, at least three semen analyses should be collected. They should all be collected with a minimum amount of variation, i.e., always after a 48-hour abstinence, and delivered to a doctor's office within two hours of collection.

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Released in 2010-09-23