Sperm washing takes a cervical function and replicates it in the lab. If you are trying to get pregnant and your fertility doctor has diagnosed you with male infertility, sperm washing will help improve the chances for a successful outcome. The reproductive endocrinologists at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates work with their in-house IVF lab, DFW IVF, to provide specialized services.
Fertility clinics enlist andrologists (professional laboratory technicians that specialize in male reproductive and urinary testing) in conjunction with fertility treatment.
Sperm Washing vs. Sperm Prep
Sperm washing takes place prior to intrauterine insemination (IUI). The technique separates sperm from seminal fluid (semen), and identifies the strongest, healthiest sperm.
Sperm preparation is associated with in-vitro fertilization (IVF), fertility preservation, sperm cryopreservation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
DFW IVF uses a state-of-the-art process called density gradient separation to prepare sperm. Stronger, more mobile sperm will sink to the bottom of the test tube so andrologists can prepare only the prime candidates most likely to fertilize an egg.
Why do I need sperm washing?
Unprepared semen causes uterine cramping or infection if inserted directly into the uterus. In a natural cycle, “Mother Nature” uses a cervix to filter semen and provide the optimal environment for sperm to move toward the awaiting egg.
About half of all cases of infertility involve male factors, so there is a good chance that you will need andrology services or semen analysis if you are having trouble getting pregnant. An accredited fertility laboratory is an essential member of your treatment team, providing basic intervention, including sperm washing and IUI, as well as more advanced treatment, including sperm prep for IVF and ICSI.
Contact Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates to review your medical history, and schedule a semen analysis to determine which treatment options, including sperm washing, will help you overcome male infertility.