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Test Code LAB216 Semen Analysis - Fertility

Department

HEMATOLOGY

Collection Requirements

1. Service for this test is available ONLY at the Covenant Laboratory located on the 3rd floor of 800 Cooper Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2. It is important to refrain from sex or masturbation for at least 3 days prior to the collection of the specimen, but no longer than 7 days when collecting a specimen for fertility.

3. A clean dry sterile container is needed for collection. A glass container is preferred to plastic, but both are acceptable. The Laboratory can provide sterile containers if needed (Urine Cups). Do not open the container until you are ready to produce the sample.

4. Collect the specimen by masturbation, putting the entire specimen directly into the container. NOTE: Do not collect the specimen in a condom, as it contains chemicals that kill the sperm. Do not use drug containers unless cleaned in boiling water and air-dried. Do not use soaps to clean the collection container.

5. Seal the container immediately afterwards with the lid only. Do not use adhesive tape.

6. Write your name, date of birth, period of abstinence and time of production on the label.

7. Deliver the specimen to the laboratory within 30 minutes of collection. (Location for drop off of fertility specimens is 800 Cooper, 3rd floor Covenant HealthCare laboratory.

8. NOTIFY LAB STAFF THAT YOU HAVE A TIME SENSITIVE SPECIMEN.

9. Keep the specimen as close to body temperature as possible. This can be done by keeping the specimen container against your body while transporting.

Primary Collection Container

Sterile Cup

Transport

Transport under arm, at body temperature.

Preferred Transport Temperature

Ambient

Processing

Maintain at room temperature in the lab.

Deliver to Hematology lab within 30 minutes of collection.

Testing must be completed within 2 hours of collection.

Stability

Ambient: 2 hours

Minimum Testing Volume

1.0 mL

Reference Range

By report

Methodology

Microscope

Performed

Monday – Friday

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Reported

3-5 days

CPT Codes

89320

Unacceptable Conditions

Frozen, Post-Vasectomy sample, Too Old

Use of a condom for collection is unacceptable unless it is provided by the patient’s physcian exclusively for semen analysis.

Additional Information

ONLY AVAILABLE AT COVENANT HEALTHCARE PATIENT SERVICE CENTER, 800 COOPER AVENUE, SAGINAW MI 48602. PHONE: 989-583-6742