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How long do men have to abstain before producing a sample?

We generally ask our male patients to abstain from ejaculating from between 2 to 7 days. Abstaining for less or more of the recommended time can affect your semen analysis and/or treatment.

The reason for this is because an abstinence period that is too long or too short will likely affect your analysis, and if you abstain for too long, you may have an increased number of immotile sperm in your sample. On the other side, if you haven’t abstained for enough time, your concentration may be lower than normal.

Following the advice of your fertility specialist will help get the sample that works best for your situation.