Relationship between abstinence and semen quality

Written by: Dr. Alberto García Enguídanos
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The relationship between abstinence and semen quality is one of the most frequently asked questions in a reproduction clinic. While it is something important to consider when a test is performed to see semen quality, no need to be as accurate as what concerns us is to have a good quality of the semen sample to achieve pregnancy through sex. However, it is important to know the relationship between abstinence and semen quality to be clear about these concepts.

To perform a semen analysis, for example, you need to get a perfectly standard conditions to compare samples and other. For this, usually it advised to have a previous withdrawal of between 3 and 5 days.

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Abstinence for more effective gestation

Simplifying things a lot, we can say that a short abstinence decrease sperm concentration and a long diminish the quality. However, there is no problem for having sex two days (formerly, to carry out artificial insemination, in each cycle were performed two or three inseminations in days in a row, getting each day a different sample that did not usually worse) .

However , we must bear in mind that prolonged periods of abstinence too short may end up "exhaust" the testicle and impair the quality of the sample. However, it will always be worse than abstinence too long too short.


Semen quality

With regard to the quality of the semen sample, it should appeal to common sense, maintaining relations according to the tastes of each partner and avoiding fixed dates. Avoid patterns which are frequently found in Internet- of "three days", "every other day", etc. It is always much better, both for the quality of the sample and for the life of the couple having sex without a fixed pattern and only by those who fancy both. However, we must not forget that prolonged abstinence can be harmful, so that should be of sufficient frequency to sexual success may come.

However, myths about it are widespread and the Internet is a tremendous speaker for dissemination. Therefore, if you still have doubts, consult one of our specialists Assisted Reproduction. We remind you that the first visit to Clinica Tambre is free. In it, one of our professionals can advise you on this area or they may require.

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Dr. Alberto García Enguídanos

By Dr. Alberto García Enguídanos
Fertility Specialty

Renowned specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, Dr. Garcia Enguídanos has a career of nearly 20 years of experience. BA and PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Madrid, won the Masters in Human Assisted Reproduction at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2005 and the European Diploma in Gynaecological Endoscopy from the University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand in 2003. He combines his professional work with teaching as a professor of the Master in Health Law and Bioethics at the Faculty of Law at the University of Castilla la Mancha in Albacete.

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