You’re trying or planning to have a baby.
If you and your partner are trying to conceive or planning to get pregnant, a semen analysis is the first step to rule out male fertility issues. It’s never too soon — we recommend proactive semen analysis. Testing sperm early can help you avoid costly and unnecessary tests or treatments down the line, and can help you get more quickly to your goal of starting a family.
You want to improve your fertility.
Sperm takes about 72 days to produce. That means it will take at least 2–3 months for any changes you make to have a measurable impact on your sperm health. We recommend starting with a baseline semen analysis, and then testing every 3 months to see if your healthier lifestyle, surgery, or medication is helping to improve your fertility.
You might want to freeze your sperm.
If you’re freezing your sperm for the future, start with a semen analysis to ensure your sperm is healthy and fertile before freezing. One semen sample will be split into 4 vials. These vials can be sent to multiple labs for risk-free storage.
You’ve had a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal.
If you have a vasectomy for long-term birth control, you should get a semen analysis around 12 weeks after the procedure, to confirm there’s no sperm left in your semen. If you have surgery to reverse a previous vasectomy, we recommend getting a semen analysis every month for 12 months to ensure your sperm quality, count, and motility is recovering.