Semen Analysis specimen

About your test

  • Your health professional has requested a test to count the number of sperm present in your seminal fluid for either fertility studies or following a vasectomy.
  • Please keep your sample warm and deliver it to Wellington SCL within 1 hour of collection for FERTILITY testing, and within 2 hours for Post Vasectomy testing.  Ideally, you should deliver this directly to the main laboratory at Wellington Hospital so that the specimen can be processed immediately.  
  • However samples for Post Vasectomy testing can be delivered to Lower Hutt or Courtenay Place to be collected by the courier for delivery to Wellington Hospital Laboratory. Please call the Lower Hutt or Courtenay Place collection centre to discuss courier times 
  • You will need to obtain a specimen container and delivery bag from your health professional or from Wellington SCL.

Directions: Wellington SCL Laboratory, Level 5, CSB Block (Clinical Services Block), use Mein Street Entrance. (Samples to be delivered Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am and -4:00pm).

The procedure

  1. You should abstain from any sexual activity, including masturbation, for 3 days (but not more than 7 days), before collecting your sample.  This ensures optimal numbers of sperm are present.
  2. Collect your sample by masturbation - do not use a condom to collect your sample as the spermicidal agent in the condom will addect your test results.
  3. Collect seminal fluid into the specimen container and screw the lid down firmly.  It is important to collect the whole sample.
  4. Label the specimen container with your full name, your date of birth, and the date and time of the collection.
  5. Place the specimen container in the delivery bag provided, with the form in the front pocket.
  6. Deliver your sample to Wellington SCL as soon as possible.  Keep the sample warm. Do not put the sample in the fridge. 
  7. Samples to be delivered Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. 

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