Step 3: Sperm collection
Before sperm collection
Your partner or donor (the person who donates sperm) should continue to have sex or masturbate, but stop 2 to 3 days before the sperm collection. This is to get the best sperm sample.
A laboratory examines the sperm sample. If the quality is not good enough to do IVF, the laboratory may recommend intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This is when we inject each egg individually with a single sperm. It can improve the chances of fertilisation.
If you have treatment with frozen sperm, we only let the sample thaw and prepare it when we have collected your eggs.
Resource number: 2687/VER3
Last reviewed: June 2019
Next review date: June 2022