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Semen analysis shows 40% immotile and abnormal viscosity. Meaning?

Hi, i took my semen test today and these are the result, could you pls help me with the meanings? appearance: creamy liquefaction: abnormal viscocity: abnormal volume:4.6 ml ph: 9.0 sperm concentration:33.4mil/ml sperm motility:40% progressive 20% non progressive :40% imotile 40% viability 55% normal morphology 55% total sperm count 153.64mil/ejac white blood cells normal
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Hi, Welcome to HCM.
Thanks for posting your query here. Semen sample consists of both semen and sperms. Semen is a thick liquid which is released along with sperms during ejaculation. The semen sample which is like a gel will become like liquid within or in less than 30 minutes. This is called liquefaction. If it is on an average more than 40 to 50 minutes you can take it as abnormal. Viscosity is the thickness of the semen fluid. If it is more thick it will be affecting the motility or movement of the sperms.

The normal volume is from 1 to 6 ml per ejaculation. 4.6ml per ejaculation is a normal value. Please check this value with the lab again. The pH indicates the acidity or alkalinity of the fluid. Both the extremes are harmful to the sperms. Normal value 7-8. A value of 9 indicates it as a alkaline fluid and chances of infection is there. Sperm motility is the movement of sperms in the forward direction. At least 60% should be there. Non-progressive motility is sperm movement will be there but in no direction. Viability of sperm is life span of the sperms which should be approx 60%. The total sperm count and white blood cells values are within the normal range.

The overall picture shows an infectious state. Please check with your physician and get it controlled.

Hope you catched the picture.
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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