How To Submit Your Semen Sample

After the operation you were given a bottle and a request form in order to submit a semen sample. This is needed to find out if the vasectomy has been successful and is effective. Until you have had the results of your semen sample, you must continue using contraception.


The following steps need to be followed: 


  1. The sample should be collected at least 4 months after surgery and aim for a minimum of 20 ejaculations within this time period.

  2. You should not ejaculate (intercourse or masturbate) for at least 3 days before the test. 

  3. You should also not go without ejaculating (intercourse or masturbation) for more than 6 days before the test.  

  4. You will need to perform your sample on a weekday morning. 

  5. You must take it as soon as possible, ideally within 2 hours, along with the request form to: Pathology Reception, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE 

  6. There is a free 20 minute drop off parking zone outside the pathology building. 

  7. The sample must be taken to the hospital between the hours of 9am – 12pm.  

  8. Write the time and date of when the sample was produced on the bottle and request form.  Try to keep the sample warm, for example in your pocket.

  9. If you do not live locally, please collect another sample bottle from the pathology reception for future use, only required if you need to repeat the test.  

The microbiologists will look at the sample using a microscope. Dr Al-Ausi will then analyse the information. The sample needs to demonstrate an absence of live and motile sperm.

As most operations are successful you will usually receive a text message confirming that the sperm count is clear and that other forms of contraception can be abandoned. Occasionally you may alternatively receive an email with further instructions to repeat the sample. This may be because of an unlabelled bottle, a bottle that has leaked, a processing error at the lab, or that the sample is not clear yet.

If you do not hear from Dr Al-Ausi within 3 weeks after you submit your sample please email