The Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute provides specialized tests and services to evaluate male infertility and help couples who are attempting to conceive. We offer the latest medical and surgical options for the treatment of a couple with infertility including the full range of assisted reproductive techniques.
The laboratory also offers fertility preservation services to cancer patients such as:
- Therapeutic semen banking
- Ovarian cryopreservation
- NextGen® Home Sperm Banking kit options for collecting semen samples at home and convenient overnight delivery
Men undergoing cancer treatment, including certain types of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, face the possibility of temporary or permanent damage to their fertility. Physicians know which treatments are likely to cause a problem but often cannot predict how severely a man’s fertility may be affected by his cancer treatment, or for how long.
Additional services include the processing of sperm for intrauterine insemination; providing frozen (cryopreserved) donor semen for artificial insemination; and sperm cryopreservation for patients prior to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection or vasectomy. In addition, services to freeze ovarian tissue, as well as testicular biopsies, percutaneous sperm aspirates are also available.
Why Choose Cleveland Clinic
Our laboratory offers results using the latest, most sophisticated technology available. Our personnel include highly qualified and experienced laboratory technologists who are well trained in fertility testing. Our laboratory is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), Department of Health and Human Services. , and since 1994 has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists in conjunction with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
The laboratory tests offered include a comprehensive semen analysis using a computerized system that allows for the quality of the semen to be studied through multiple exposure videomicrography. Results are then analyzed by a computerized semen analyzer.
Other tests include: direct MAR sperm antibody testing to detect antisperm antibodies in semen samples, and fructose levels. Complex tests to measure levels of seminal free radicals, antioxidant levels in seminal plasma and the extent of sperm DNA fragmentation, collectively known as semen oxidative stress profile, are also available.
For more information, view treatment guides from the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
The Andrology Lab on main campus has moved to the X Building on the corner of 105th and Carnegie.