A basic semen analysis may be done to learn if a man is infertile (unable to father a child). Sometimes a basic semen analysis does not provide all the information your doctor needs to diagnose and treat infertility. Your doctor may recommend more specialized tests; these tests are frequently referred to as “advanced semen tests.” The most common of these tests examine the semen for reactive oxygen species, total antioxidant capacity, and damage to the genetic material (DNA) contained within the sperm.

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