It is obvious that many concerns appear during the fertility treatment process. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive in our clinic are provided below.
You do not have to schedule blood and smear tests. The collection site works from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You need to bring your Identity document.
Fasting is not required. Before semen collection, sexual abstinence is necessary for at least 2 days and maximum 7 days. Prior to the test, alcohol should be avoided and smoking should be limited. If you receive an antibiotic therapy, it is recommended that the test is performed following two weeks of its completion.
According to the WHO, abstinence duration should range between 2 and 7 days. A long abstinence period results in a greater number of sperm cells and, therefore, their poorer viability, motility and morphology. On the other hand, too short abstinence time may lead to a smaller number of sperm cells observed. It is recommended that a man who undergoes a further test should maintain the same sexual abstinence time as before the previous one.
Alcohol abuse and smoking lead to a poorer quality of semen. Probable reasons of negative effects of smoking on sperm cells are higher levels of oxidative stress that damages DNA of the cells and inadequate activity of antioxidant enzymes in the seminal plasma.