Collection of Specimens for Semen Analysis

Collection of Specimens for Semen Analysis

Instructions for the Collection of Specimens for Semen Analysis

In order to perform an accurate test, it is important that you follow these instructions carefully.

Testing Availability

  • Please call 603-663-3555 to schedule an appointment for fertility testing.
  • Post-vasectomy specimens will be accepted during the day and times below with no appointment needed.
  • All samples must be brought to The Elliot Hospital Laboratory at 1 Elliot Way, Manchester, NH on the ground level of the hospital.
  • The laboratory accepts all semen specimens Monday through Friday from 6:30am-11:30am.
  • This testing is not done on weekends, holidays, or hours other than those specified.

Specimen Collection

  • The specimen should be obtained by masturbating directly into a sterile, hard plastic or glass container.
  • Do not ejaculate into a condom, engage in sexual intercourse, or use soap or lubricant to provide the semen specimen.
  • The entire ejaculate must be collected.

Period of Abstinence

  • You should abstain from any sexual activity for 2 days prior to the test, but no longer than 5 days prior to the test.
  • You should avoid hot tubs, saunas, and whirlpools for 2 weeks prior to the test.
  • Ideally, you should not be on any medications for 1 week prior to the test. If you are on any medication, you should discuss this with your provider.

Specimen Transport

  • The specimen should be maintained at or near body temperature by keeping the specimen close to your body.
  • Deliver to the laboratory within 1 hour after collection.
  • Please label the container with your name, date of birth, and date and time of collection. Note: Unlabeled specimens will be rejected.

Download a Specimen Form

Contact Us

For questions about semen analysis services, please contact Elliot Laboratory Services.