Sperm is categorized according to strict criteria based on measurements of head and tail sizes and shapes. Sperm with abnormalities in head/tail size/shape are not capable of completing steps in the sperm transport and fertilization process. Quantification of the germinal and WBC content in semen is performed because the presence of germinal and WBCs are indicative of possible disorders in spermatogenesis and genital tract infection, respectively. The information collected will help to determine the most cost-effective therapy for treating male-factor infertility.(Wazzan W, Thomas A: Genital infection and male infertility. AFS Annual Meeting, Postgraduate course, 1990; Menkveld R, Oettle E, Kruger T, et al: Atlas of Human Sperm Morphology. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1991; Scoring is based on a modified method of The World Health Organization Laboratory Manual for the examination of human semen and sperm-cervical mucus interaction. Fifth Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Monday through Friday; 3 p.m.
Send specimen Monday through Thursday only and not the day before a holiday.
Slides are kept for 10 years.