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Do men also need pre-pregnancy physical examination?

Updated: 2020-03-23


The factors affecting fertility not only come from women, but also have a great deal to do with men, so the physical examination of men before plan to try for children is also very important.

1. Why do men need a pre-pregnancy physical examination?

(1). It is conducive to the physical health of both men and women. Pre-pregnancy physical examination can determine whether the current physical condition is suitable for fertility.

(2). It is conducive to successful pregnancy. A pre-pregnancy physical examination allows early detection of problems that may affect fertility for treatment, thereby improving the success rate of conception.

(3). It is conducive to prenatal and postnatal care. Pre-pregnancy physical examinations for men can effectively improve the population quality and reduce birth defects and is responsible for the health of mothers and babies.

2. What are the main areas for male pre-pregnancy physical examinations?

Because the situation for each couple is different, there is no standard examination item for male pre-pregnancy examinations and doctors will give reasonable suggestions according to the specific situation.

Common examination items are as follows:

(1). Physical examination.

Specialized examination of male genitourinary system by doctors.

(2). General examination.

It mainly includes routine blood tests, routine urine tests, blood type tests, tests of liver function, kidney function, blood glucose, blood lipid and body composition analysis.

(3). Infectious diseases screening.

Screening mainly for syphilis, AIDS, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, gonococci, chlamydia, mycoplasma and herpes simplex virus.

(4). Eugenics test.

It mainly includes semen analysis, antisperm antibody (AsAb) examination, thalassemia gene screening and chromosome examination. 

3. Precautions for male pre-pregnancy examination.

(1). Have a good rest the day before the examination and don't be too tired.

(2). Do not eat in the morning on the day of the examination and take an examination on an empty stomach (some blood tests require the subject to remain fasting).

(3). Please undergo semen analysis after two to seven days of abstinence.

Reminder: Couples are advised to have a comprehensive pre-pregnancy examination three to six months before they plan to try for children.