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Semen Analysis, Basic Testing

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The Semen Analysis, Basic test may be used to diagnose infertility. The Semen Analysis, Basic test measures volume, liquification status, morphology, motility, sperm concentration, ph and viscosity.

As of October 5, 2015, this test has been updated by Labcorp to comply with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent criteria on the handling and testing of semen specimens.  These updates include more detailed procedures for labs to follow to ensure that all testing on semen samples are performed with the highest standards of quality control to provide the greatest level of accuracy.

Turnaround time for the Semen Analysis, Basic test is typically 2-5 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.


Only certain lab locations in select areas are able to take the specimen for this test.  Please contact Request A Test at 1-888-732-2348 before ordering to determine if there is a lab location in your area which can perform the specimen collection.

The Semen Analysis, Basic test has very specific collection requirements.

  • The customer should observe at least 2 days but not more than 7 days of sexual abstinence before producing the specimen.
  • Specimens should be collected without the use of any lubricants in a container procured from the testing site. 
  • Specimens collected in a condom are not acceptable. 
  • This test requires a fresh specimen; therefore, this procedure is available only at sperm testing facilities.
  • The customer should bring their order requisition with them to the lab.

Some lab locations will have private collection rooms or allow the use of a public restroom.  Others will require that the specimen be collected offsite and taken to the lab.  For specimens which are not collected at the lab site:

  • The specimen must be taken to the lab no more than 30-45 minutes after collection. 
  • The specimen should be kept in a pocket near the body to maintain temperature while being transported to the lab. 

The World Health Organization experts (WHO) recommend that two ejaculates be evaluated initially. These samples should be collected at least seven days apart and not more than three months apart. If any of the major parameters are abnormal, additional ejaculates should be evaluated.



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