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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Semen analysis

Dr. Amy,

My fiance recently had a sperm analysis done. His test came back that 65 percent of the sperm were dead. The second test revealed that 70 percent were dead. Can this mean that he can NEVER have children or that it might be next to impossible?

Thank you,
SA

Dear SA,

This is definitely an abnormal value. In a normal sample, less than 25% are dead. It is difficult to know what this means in the absence of other parts of the analysis. For example, if there are signs of infection, treating the infection could improve the quality of the sperm. You need to talk to your doctor about the meaning of the results.

Sincerely,
Amy

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