Looking at the Sperm
When looking at the causes of fertility problems, it’s important not to neglect male factor issues. It’s a common misconception to focus purely on female fertility problems, but actually 30 to 40% of the burden of fertility struggles is male driven. So therefore, a simple semen analysis test is the cornerstone of understanding whether male fertility is in fact problematic.
This is traditionally done through an andrology lab where a sample through masturbation after two to five days of abstinence is actually then analysed microscopically to look at key factors: the concentration of sperm, the volume of sperm, whether the sperm is swimming normally, the motility and the shapes of the sperm being produced.
And there are clear guidelines around this, which we use to determine whether sperm is in fact normal and capable of natural conception.