Diagnosing male infertility usually begins with a medical history and a semen analysis. Male infertility may be caused by:

  • Prior surgery or infection
  • A structural (anatomic) abnormality
  • A hormonal (endocrine) abnormality
  • A genetic abnormality
  • Lifestyle or environmental factors

If the semen analysis is abnormal, it is often repeated. If it remains abnormal, the patient is encouraged to make an appointment with a Urologist who specializes in infertility. The Emory Reproductive Center has an on-site male urologist with whom you can make an appointment.

How do I prepare for semen analysis?

Ideally, you should not have any sexual activity, including masturbation, for two to five days before your tests to help ensure your sperm count is at its highest level.

What happens during semen analysis?

You must provide a semen sample for analysis. The sample can be collected on site in a designated semen collection room or at home using a kit provided by the clinic at your first appointment. The kit contains everything needed to collect a semen sample.

What can I expect after a semen analysis?

If you register for the patient portal, the results will be available in the document section within one week.

Retrograde Ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation causes some or all of your semen to go into your bladder instead of out through the urethra. Diabetes, certain medications, and surgery can cause this condition. After ejaculation, a urine sample is collected to look for sperm.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment at Emory Reproductive Center, please call 404-778-3401

Emory University Hospital Midtown (Main Office)
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-778-3401
Fax: 404-686-4956

Emory Clinic (Satellite Office)
1365 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-778-3401
Fax: 404-686-4956