Semen specimen collection is faster when patients are alone

  • Lopategui DM & al.
  • Transl Androl Urol
  • 1 Mar 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • Infertility clinic patients accompanied by their partners need more time in providing semen specimens, and are more likely to take longer than 15 minutes.

Why this matters

  • The amount of time patients needs to provide their semen specimens heavily affects scheduling in busy infertility clinics.

Study design

  • Researchers studied patients providing semen specimens by masturbation for fertility evaluation, sperm cryopreservation, or follow-up after vasectomy or vasectomy reversal (N=136; mean age, 35.7±7.8 years; age range, 18.8-62.5 years).
  • Funding: None disclosed.

Key results

  • Median time to provide sample: 11 minutes 57 seconds (range, 3 minutes 9 seconds-39 minutes 50 seconds).
  • Median time for partner-accompanied patients was >4 minutes longer than for patients who were alone in the collection room (P=.009).
  • Partner-accompanied patients were significantly more likely to take >15 minutes (P=.012).

Limitations

  • The study was single-center with a small sample size.