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Semen Sample Testing After Vasectomy

Although vasectomy is highly successful at preventing sperm from returning to the ejaculate, a confirmatory semen sample test is recommended three (3) months after the vasectomy procedure. There is no charge for this test if performed by my office.

I offer my patents three flexible options for completing their 3 month semen sample test.

Option 1: Office testing
Bring your fresh semen sample to our office within three (3) hours for evaluation. There is no charge for this test if done in our office and we will contact you with the test result.

Option 2: Outside lab testing
You can take your semen sample to the nearest lab for post vasectomy semen testing. The lab will fax the result to our office and we will contact you with the result. You or your health insurance plan are responsible for the cost of testing when done at an outside lab.

Option 3: Testing by mail
Mail a semen sample to our office with a collection container we will provide for you on the day of your procedure. Our office is unique in offering this option for our patients who live long distances from our office and who may be unwilling to pay for their test to be done at an outside lab. We do not charge for this testing.

Understanding semen sample testing

The best semen sample test after vasectomy is performed using a freshly collected sample either by our office or an outside lab.

We will perform testing for our patients after vasectomy at no charge. Our patients are encouraged to bring a fresh sample to our office within three (3) hours of collection. Providing a fresh sample will allow us to more easily detect motile (moving) sperm. It is tremendously helpful to see sperm movement when sperm are present in small numbers. Although a vasectomy semen sample should not contain any sperm, motile sperm in small numbers could suggest an early vasectomy failure.

It is much easier to see sperm in small numbers when those sperm are moving…so an fresh semen sample is more ideal for evaluation.

If patients are traveling a long distance to get to our office they may find it more convenient to take their sample to a nearby lab for evaluation. The cost for this may be paid for by your health insurance or should cost less than $150 if you are paying out of pocket. The lab will fax your results to our office and we will contact you with your semen sample test results.

Our office will assist with arranging testing by an outside lab if patients think this is a better option for them.

Semen sample testing by mail

Although it is preferable patients bring a fresh sample to our office or an outside lab, we do allow our patients to mail their sample to our office for evaluation.

The mail is a perfect way to send a sample to us but this testing is limited because any sperm, if present, will be intact but not moving. Their are two main limitations to sending semen samples by mail: bacterial infection and sperm, if present, will not be motile.

If there is bacterial contamination we will not be able to examine the specimen adequately and will have to have you repeat the test. Ideally there should be no sperm in a semen sample after vasectomy, but if there are sperm in small numbers then they will not be motile in a mailed sample and it will be harder to identify them.

Many medical studies show men who have vasectomy  are poorly compliant with completing the semen sample test after vasectomy and approximately 50% of men will never have the test done.

Although testing on a fresh sample is advisable, I prefer offering patients the ability to send a sample by mail rather than never getting a test after vasectomy. Our office is the only office, which allows patients this extra flexibility in testing.

What Our Patients Are Saying

"Dr. Monteith prepared me mentally for the pre, during and post procedure journey. He also provided me with all the tools necessary for a comfortable recovery. I'm definitely confident in this Dr's work, and especially glad at how little pain I experienced throughout the process. It would be worth it to visit Dr. Monteith no matter what state you have to travel from, I drove from Virginia."

- J.R.

"Very comforting and knowledgeable experience not only was the staff pleasant so was the atmosphere! I drove 3 hours so i did my research. I was impressed with the information, visuals, and on hand knowledge about what the procedure was all about. I felt like an expert after i left! Not to mention the 45 min in and out time. I will be recommending this to all my colleagues thank you!"

- J.W.

"Dr Monteith, and his staff, were all very professional about my decision to have a vastectomy. They informed me of the risks, the surgery procedure, and the post-surgery care. The procedure itself was relatively painless. I would rate this as a 2/10. I highly recommend Dr Monteith; he even sent me a text message after the surgery to give me a personal update on my procedure. The procedure was quick."

- S.E.

"If you're in the market for a Vasectomy you need to give Dr. Monteith a serious look. Just compare the information on his website to the information you'll get from other options around the triangle. It's hard to get solid answers on cost, procedure and expectations up front from other offices but A Personal Choice plays no games and has great informative well designed website. Dr. Monteith makes it easy!"

- J.P.

"Excellent care. I visited Dr. Monteith for a single visit appointment on a Friday. Very clean, comfortable office. Pleasant staff. The procedure was quick and I went back to work for a little while. The only pain I experienced was soreness beginning about 4 hours post procedure, lasting for 24 hours, then subsiding rapidly. I was fine by Monday. The office checked on me twice, no problems. I would recommend Dr. Monteith to anyone.

- M.D.

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