Specimen Collection


Patient Instructions for Collecting at Home


  1. Refrain from any sexual activity including masturbation for 2-7 days prior to collecting specimen.
  2. Specimen must be collected in a sterile specimen cup with lid provided by Virginia IVF & Andrology Center or by patientís physician.
  3. Collect your specimen no more than one hour before your scheduled appointment.
  4. Before collection, make sure your hands and genitals are clean and dry.
  5. Specimen should be collected by masturbation without the use of any lubrication, including saliva.
  6. Label the specimen cup with your full name, social security number, and date and time of collection.
  7. Complete the Patient Instructions for Semen Collection form.
  8. Keep the specimen cup in the upright position and between room and body temperature during transit to the lab.


Patient Instructions for Collecting at Virginia IVF & Andrology Center


  1. Refrain from any sexual activity including masturbation for 2-7 days prior to appointment.
  2. Specimen must be collected in a sterile specimen cup with lid provided by Virginia IVF & Andrology Center.
  3. Before collection, make sure your hands and genitals are clean and dry.
  4. Specimen should be collected by masturbation without the use of any lubrication, including saliva.
  5. Label cup with your full name, social security number, and date and time of collection.
  6. Complete the Patient Instructions for Semen Collection form.
  7. An Andrologist will receive your specimen and verify all of your information and picture identification.