Some fertility clinics require you to obtain a semen sample on the premises. However, if you live fairly close to your clinic, you might be able to obtain the specimen in the privacy of your bedroom. I was so relieved that this was an option for us. While it is helpful for a man to be able to "take care of business" at home, it does create an interesting dilemma - how to transport the specimen over to the clinic.
Here are things to remember if you find yourself in the awkward position of transporting specimens to the clinic:
1. Make sure you can get the specimen to the clinic within 30 minutes.
My fertility doctors told me that the specimen needs… [more]
My blood work results came back on the low end of normal. My hormone levels were not low enough to explain our infertility.
The next step was to do a sperm count on my husband. Considering my husband thought that screening for infertility was premature, you can imagine his reaction when I asked him to provide a semen sample. His initial reaction was so negative that I feared our infertility screening was dead in the water. It took quite a bit of cajoling over a period of several months to get him to agree to do it at all.
The doctor's office was located close enough to our house for us to obtain the sample at home. I do not believe… [more]