Guidelines for Semen analysis and Post Vasectomy analysis

Semen analysis is done on appointment only and samples can only be submitted at certain Lancet Laboratories:

  1. Abstain from all sexual activity (including masturbation) for a minimum of 3 days but not longer than 7 days before sample collection.
  2. Please produce the specimen at home. A sterile container is needed for semen collection and can be collected from any Lancet Laboratory close to you. Ask for a “urine container”.
  3. The sample should be collected by masturbation and ejaculation of the semen directly into this container. The whole ejaculate must be collected.
  4. Close the lid tightly after collection to prevent leakage. Do not wrap the container in anything.
  5. Do NOT use soaps, detergents, water, lubricants or condoms to help with specimen collection as these may affect the results.
  6. No sex should be involved during specimen collection.
  7. Semen must NOT be exposed to temperature fluctuations. It must be kept body temperature till it is submitted to the lab. Ideally, keep the sample close to your body (inside the trousers’ pocket). Do NOT heat or refrigerate the sample.
  8. The sample must arrive at the laboratory within 1 ½ hour of being produced.
  9. If you had a vasectomy, please allow at least 8 weeks after the operation before you give a specimen to be tested.

Specimens can be submitted at the following laboratories:

Cost of the test:

Semen analysis: R1600 and Post vasectomy test:  R380

No medical aids are accepted. Please claim from your medical aid afterwards.

Service points:

If you are in Gauteng please book your test at the following number:

012 664 8596

(regardless of which lab below you choose to go)


You can also have the test done at the following locations:

KZN (Durban) – 031 308 6558/29/00

Cape Town – 021 673 1700

Polokwane – 015 294 0400

Nelspruit – 013 752 8407

Tzaneen – 015 307 4849

Rustenburg – 014 597 8510

Potchefstroom – 018 293 8260

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