Many scientific researches have established a general decline in the ejaculation volume of men. Though more studies need to be conducted to pinpoint the specific cause, several results have attributed such decrease to unhealthy lifestyle practices. If you have been having problems of impregnating your partner and want to determine whether or not you are the culprit to such problem, one of the ways of finding out is through subjecting yourself to a semen analysis.
Semen analysis is a relatively easy, fast, and reliable test to determine infertility problems in men. Aside from determining your ejaculation volume, it can also pinpoint other problems involving sperm count and motility among others. This is done by collecting a sample of ejaculate either during masturbation or actual sexual intercourse with the aid of collection condoms.
Before the test, the collection vessel is first weighed then weighed after along with the semen. The difference of the two values can already determine the ejaculation volume. Sperm count and form can be determined through microscopy. Motility, on the other hand, requires the more sophisticated test of computer assisted semen analysis (CASA). The first two can be done at home with the aid of kits but the latter needs to be done in accredited medical laboratories and testing centers. Among the normal values to watch out for include the following:
1) Ejaculation volume of 2 mL to 5 mL. Values below 1.5 mL are indicative of hypospermia and values above 5.5 mL, hyperspermia.
2) Sperm count of 20 million per mL with a total of 40 million per ejaculation. Oligozoospermia is a condition which refers to low sperm count while azoospermia indicates absence of sperm in the semen.
3) About 50 percent of the sperm should have forward motion. Asthenozoospermia means poor motility or forward movement.
To ensure the validity of the test, you should not have had sexual intercourse or masturbation at least two days before. You should also ensure intake of proper diet especially hydration, abstinence from smoking and alcohol consumption, and staying away from stress as much as possible. At least three tests should be conducted to safely conclude your fertility status.