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Sperm antibody test

  • 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.