Sample requirements

Sample Requirements

Appointments are required for all semen analysis. Samples will not be accepted without an appointment. Patients are required to have between two and five days sexual abstinence for all semen analyses.

All samples must be delivered within 50 minutes of production. If you are unable to deliver the sample in this timeframe, please contact the andrology laboratory for advice.

Post vasectomy semen analysis is performed at 12 weeks post vasectomy and after a minimum of 20 ejaculations. A second sample can be analysed at 20 weeks.

If you are unable to make you appointment, please contact the team as soon as possible. 

Before your appointment

Check that the following  details are clearly marked on your request form:

  • Your name, date of birth and address
  • The test requested
  • Your GP's name and address

Please note, there are no facilities on site to produce samples. Specimens must be produced at home and delivered to the laboratory within 50 minutes of production.

Before your appointment date you must collect a pre-weighed specimen container and instruction leaflet from the pathology specimen reception, Barnet Hospital, floor three; from Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.

Please arrive at the correct time for your appointment as you may not be seen if you are more than 10 minutes late.