For some men, providing a semen sample on the day of egg collection can be quite embarrassing and stressful. We endeavor to make this event as easy as possible for you.
It is important to remember that the personnel who will be dealing with you and your sample are doing their normal day’s work and, although it may not seem so to you, find it quite common place.
There are alternatives to producing your sample at the Clinic. The sample may be produced off the premises and brought to the Clinic in the appropriate sterile container (as long as the time to travel is within one hour).
The sample does not need to be produced by masturbation. Your partner may accompany you and special condoms can be provided to collect your sample.
Often when men are anxious and having difficulty producing a sample, a couple of hours break (i.e. walk or a movie) may help. Please inform our staff, so that they can adjust their laboratory schedule.
Barbados Fertility Center also has the ability to freeze your sperm. It could be used as a back-up to prevent any problems occurring on the day of your partner’s egg collection.
It should be noted that sperm freezing may reduce the motility of your sperm and ICSI may then be required.
Please do not hesitate to discuss any aspects of this with the Nursing staff.