Hamster Test



Does your RE/Andrology Lab believe in the Hamster/Sperm Penetration test?

My husband had a 1.8 result when “normal” is more like 8.

A friend told me her husband had similar results and he had vericose seal complications. Does this sound consistant with any of you?

Any advice is much appreciated.


Sperm penetration tests are not just one male infertility test but a series of infertility tests designed to evaluate sperm’s ability to swim through cervical mucus as well as penetrate an egg. Two tests are done to assess these factors: the sperm mucus penetration test and the sperm penetration assay. Results of the tests can directly affect what type of infertility treatment you and your partner should pursue and can indicate which treatments you are most likely to benefit from. Sperm Mucus Penetration Test. This part of the sperm penetration tests involves both the female and male partner. To do this test, the female partner will have her menstrual cycle monitored in order to detect ovulation (indicated by a rise in LH levels). Once ovulation has been detected, a sample of the woman’s cervical mucus will be taken.On the day of the test, the male partner will provide a fresh semen sample through masturbation, using a sterile cup to collect his ejaculate. Sperm from the semen sample will then be introduced to the cervical mucus and left for 90 minutes. After this time, the sperm’s motility will be evaluated by measuring how far the sperm was able to travel through the cervical mucus.