Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
Patient should have 2 to 7 days of sexual abstinence at the time of semen collection for accurate results.
Include the following information: semen volume, viscosity, pH, appearance (color), and number of days of sexual abstinence.
Submit only 1 of the following specimens:
Semen specimen must arrive within 24 hours of collection. Send specimen Monday through Thursday only and not the day before a holiday. If holiday falls on a Saturday, holiday will be observed on the preceding Friday. Sunday holidays are observed on the following Monday. Specimen should be collected and packaged as close to shipping time as possible. Laboratory does not perform testing on weekends.
Specimen Type: Semen
Container/Tube: Semen Analysis Kit (Supply T178)
Specimen Volume: Total ejaculate
Additional Information: Specimen volume is required.
Specimen Type: Liquefied semen
Specimen Volume: 2 slides-10 microL on each slide
1. If sperm concentration is <10 million/mL, centrifuge the specimen at 300 x G for 10 minutes before making slides.
2. Label 2 frosted slides in pencil with the patient's first and last name and the date of specimen collection.
3. Allow the semen to liquefy for 30 minutes.
4. Place 10 microL of liquefied semen on the labeled end of each slide, and evenly smear the specimen using a plain slide (this process is the same as making a blood smear).
5. Allow the smears to air dry for 15 minutes before placing the slides into a slide holder for shipment.
Additional Information: Total sperm concentration is required.
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
See instructions above
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.