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Semen is the fluid that comes out of the penis during sexual activity. This fluid contains sperm. A semen sample may be studied in the lab for many reasons. The results depend on how you collect and handle the sample as well as other factors.
If you do not follow these instructions, your sample may be rejected.
Before the Semen Collection
You must be a registered patient at Generations to have semen studied in our lab. If you are not a registered patient, call UW Health Registration at (608) 261-1600
Specimen drop-off is by appointment only. Walk-in’s and same day appointments cannot be accommodated as specimens need to be processed in a timely manner. Please call (608) 824-6160 to schedule your visit at Generations Fertility Care Clinic. The clinic is located at 2365 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562.
Best Way to Collect a Semen Sample
Semen should be collected by masturbation after 3 days of abstinence (no ejaculation). You must abstain to get accurate results.
Use only the sterile container supplied by our clinic.
Do not use condoms or lubricant gel
The entire semen sample is put into sterile cup.
To Collect the Sample at Home
Collection kits are available at the clinic. A collection kit can be mailed to you if you ask. Home collection samples should be dropped off within one hour but can wait up to two. A government issued ID card is required. Follow the steps below to collect your sample.
Use only the sterile cup given to you.
Write your first and last name and date of birth on the cup.
Wash your hands well.
Collect the entire amount of semen into the cup. Do not use condoms or gel.
Place the labeled cup into the plastic specimen bag, seal it and place it in the paper bag.
Keep the cup warm by putting it under your shirt next to your skin. Avoid extreme cold or heat.
Fill out the patient section on the chain of custody form.
Bring the sample and photo ID to our Generations reception desk.
Check in at the front desk.
To Collect the Sample in Our Clinic
Bring a government issued ID card to the clinic.
1. Check in at the front desk. You will be shown where to collect your sample.
2. Follow the instructions provided in the collection room.
Who to Call
The Generations Fertility Care Clinic
Monday-Friday,7:00 am - 4:30 pm
608-824-6160 or 1-888-474-3933