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Sperm antibody testing is a vital component in the investigation
of infertility. Men or women with high levels of sperm
antibodies have significantly reduced fertility. In this
laboratory we use the mixed antiglobulin reaction, which enables us to
specifically detect sperm-bound antibodies. The highest incidence (about 70%) of positive results
occurs in men who have had a vasectomy reversal.
Men can usually have the test done on the same sample provided
for semen analysis. However, if the sperm count is low the
test may need to be done on a blood sample.
Women can be tested for sperm antibodies in their blood (10 cc
plain blood) or sometimes in their cervical mucus.
Sperm Antibody testing can only be performed if you
have a referral from your doctor.