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Testing the Man

Testing on the man focuses on the number and health of his sperm. The lab will look at a sample of his sperm under a microscope to check sperm number, shape and movement. Blood tests also can be done to check hormone levels. More tests might be needed to look for infection or problems with hormones. These tests can include:

  • X-ray (to look at his reproductive organs)
  • mucus penetrance test (to see if sperm can swim through mucus)
  • hamster-egg penetrance assay (to see if sperm can go through hamster egg cells, showing their potential to fertilize human eggs)

Other tests can show whether sperm and mucus are interacting in the right way or if the man or woman is forming antibodies that are attacking the sperm and stopping them from getting to the egg.

Discover today’s most advanced sperm analysis with Acacio Fertility Center. We work with patients from all over Southern California, from Bakersfield (Arvin) to Orange County, and the OC communities in and around Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Lake Forest. Use our convenient Request an Appointment form.


“If you want to be treated exceptionally well by helpful staff, a welcoming front office and a highly knowledgeable, caring and responsive clinical team, then look no further. Dr. Brian Acacio and his team helped us conceive and also made sure that we never felt alone in the process. It's an extremely dedicated group of people that genuinely help people fulfill their dream of parenthood.”

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