Male Infertility Treatment – Laboratory Services

Southwest Andrology Services provides high quality semen analysis to physicians in the Greater Houston community. As laboratory director, Wan-Song Wun, Ph.D. HCLD, is available to review all laboratory results and is responsible for assuring that the lab test ordered is appropriate to meet clinical expectations.

Semen Analysis

A well-standardized semen analysis is critical to the proper evaluation of the infertile male. Unlike many laboratory tests, the semen analysis cannot be performed with automated equipment. The quality of the semen analysis relies, therefore, on meticulous methods of analysis, and the commitment and training of the personnel. Southwest Andrology Services is dedicated to providing high quality semen analysis and is graded biannually against national standards. Quality control is rigorously performed every day of specimen processing.

Basic semen analysis is available Monday through Friday at all locations and Saturday at our Katy location.

Please print, read, and complete the Test-Requisition-Form_SHASAS Semen Test Requisition Form before stopping in at the lab. Test preparation instructions are included in the form.

Sperm Processing for Intrauterine Insemination IUI (Sperm Wash)

Artificial insemination is a form of assisted reproduction in which the partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm is injected directly into the uterine cavity. During intercourse, sperm is naturally separated from the seminal fluid (watery part of the ejaculate) by the cervical mucus. Since the intrauterine injection bypasses this step, sperm processing is mandatory prior to injecting sperm into the uterus. We work closely with your gynecologist to coordinate the sperm wash at the time of ovulation.

Southwest Andrology Services participates in donor sperm insemination using banked sperm. National laboratories specializing in sperm banking and distribution provide donor male profiles according to physical characteristics. The Southwest Andrology Services’ staff can assist you in choosing a suitable sperm bank and a donor sperm specimen.

Cryopreservation of Sperm (Sperm Banking)

Sperm freezing is performed for a variety of reasons including vasectomy reversal, planned cancer treatment, and problems with ejaculation. Frozen sperm can be used for both intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Southwest Andrology Services’ staff can assist you in making arrangements for sperm banking.

Physician Services

Reproductive endocrinologists are available by appointment through Houston Fertility Specialists

Male Infertility – Support Services

Both laboratory services and physician evaluation are used to identify reversible causes for male infertility. The goal of therapy is to promote conception through natural means (intercourse) or intrauterine insemination. Patients requiring further assistance with fertilization will be identified early during evaluation. Reproductive endocrinologists work closely with the center and offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.