The Difference Between a Sperm Count Test and a Semen Analysis

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A sperm count test is different from a semen analysis. Sperm count test measures the number of sperm per milliliter of ejaculate and may be part of a semen analysis. A semen analysis is a test that includes all sperm parameters, like sperm count, sperm motility (movement), sperm morphology (shape), and more, that help to evaluate the quantity and quality of an ejaculate.

Sperm count is considered normal when it’s between 40 million and 300 million sperm per milliliter. A low sperm count and other abnormal parameters can affect fertility. For example, abnormal sperm movement (motility) can also make it challenging for sperm to swim to and fertilize an egg. By testing for all of these variables, a semen analysis helps medical professionals get a better overall understanding of the sperm.

Instead of a sperm count test, a semen analysis can provide a personalized and lab-tested fertility report.