Monday, April 11

Experience of Sperm Test / Sperm Count test in Bangalore ( Go for It )

 (Graph Based on a research by Human Reproduction Journal )

This would be one of the few tests that you might encounter, if you have been trying to conceive for long.
I never thought that I will be subjected to it, but anyways had to get it done for my doctor's satisfaction. 

My Experience in the Hospital :

So I was in this hospital called Manipal Hospital, Bangalore (India), one of the multi specialty and a well known hospital here. I was sent to the Andrology department, which is better known as MARS. (Manipal Andrology and Reproductive services)
I was initially shy to ask the receptionist about this test, but she looked very professional in booking my appointment. Total Cost of Sperm Test in Manipal hospital is 600 Rs (11 USD). Also they might charge you additional 1400 Rs (26 USD) (, if your doctor has advised you for DFI (DNA fragmentation Index). I have explained in another post as, why DNA fragmentation Index is not required.
I went at the given time and the staff there directed me to a LAB like room , where the male staff gave me a small bottle , and wrote on it my name , wife's name , age and days of abstinence .
They then showed me a private room, with an air cooler, along with a TV and DVD player, and an old looking cushion chair. Well I checked the DVD player, out of curiosity and I found it working, but I did not bring any DVD with me. Anyway, I will rate it as a systematic experience .

Example of sample collection room in "Cherish Centre for Reproductive Medicine"

The Results / Diagnosis / Treatment :

The result was faster, next day, I got my Sperm test report, which confirmed the suspicion that yes I was the one who was the culprit for delay in my wife’s pregnancy.

I took the test twice .After the first report, I was put on Paternia tablet and some additional zinc supplements.
The second report showed some improvements as listed here:
->Sperm Concentration was 44 improved to 58
->Sperm Motility (Progressive) was 28 improved to 40
->Sperm morphology (only 2 % live sperms) and it remained same
->DFI was 56 % (I didn’t repeat it despite my doctor saying so)

Although the results were still sub-optimal.


Whether PATERNIA has any side effects?

I came across this question in lot of places, I researched about it, and the company which makes this brand of tablet, is called ZYDUS ( Nutriva ).
According to them, there are no side effects of PATERNIA tablets, and it consists of compounds that will improve all the three important functions, the motility, morphology and the count.

COST: INR 170 for 10 Tablets
DOSAGE: 3 Months likely and followed by repeat diagnosis.


  1. One thing I want to stress is that the cost of Sperm test in Manipal is almost double as that of other centres in Bangalore.

    But they look professional , better managed , reports are timely.

    1. Inhibin b test in Manipal hospital is rs 7000. They outsource the test to srl ranbaxy. I checked price of the same test in srl world and found out it is less than rs 2000. Dr vasan gives HIV test without any reason. It would be better if they start begging instead of scavenging money like this. I hope there is justification for what they do and I hope I am wrong in my understanding

  2. These are the parameters which Sperm Test in Manipal will measure

    1. Sperm Concentration
    2. Sperm Motility ( Progressive and Non-Progressive )
    3. Morphology
    --> Head Defects
    --> Tail Defects
    --> Mid Piece and Neck Defects
    --> Multiple Defects
    4. Live & Dead Sperms
    5. Hypo Osmotics Swelling Test
    6. Zinc Concentration

    Overall Impression :

    (means low motility and morphology )

    I consulted Dr. Vasan of Manipal , who told that there is blood supply problem to testicles , so they would try to correct this through medication.

    If medication is not successful they would do surgery ( cost 35,000 Rs in General Ward , 70000 Rs in Private Ward ) , to restore/improve the blood supply to testicles.

    I took some tablets such as PATERNIA and repeated the sperm tests .The tests did improve the counts , but not much.

    I decided to wait for some time , as i was not in much of hurry . The wait was fruitful, we were able to conceive after 4 months.

  3. AnonymousJune 14, 2011

    if your sperm count was so low , it is difficult to believe that with such sperm motility and defections , you conceived naturally.
    I would go in for another sperm count clinic for a second opinion, if my count is reported as low.

  4. I took Paternia tablets containing zinc , and i kept taking them , whenever my wife was ovulating. May be the slight increase in motility due to the zinc effect helped conceiving.

  5. Hello, During Artificial insemination, can we be 100% sure that the clinic will use the correct sperm of the partner only??

  6. Hi, S

    Your question that
    " Hello, During Artificial insemination, can we be 100% sure that the clinic will use the correct sperm of the partner only??


    I do not think , they will risk their reputation by doing such a thing , i.e. using some other sperm sample. Because if it results in conception , you can easily do a DNA test and sue the hospital.

    When I asked my gynaec a similar question , she told me that , they will do sperm washing on the spot , and later let me see the sperm sample under the microscope to convince me about the the sperm quality.

    But one thing that the lab physician told me , was that there is a shortage of genuine sperm samples in India , particularly Bangalore. Although they have regular donors , but most of them are migrants or people from far NE. I have read cases , where the couples wanted specific attributes ( like weight , height , caste , color ) , but when the offspring was born ( after taking donor sperm for IUI/IVF/ICSI ), they were shocked to see entirely different characteristics , that were far too different from the couple.

    Please take due care to take the donor sample only from reputed centres only.

  7. Thanks Kumar. I am not looking for donor sample. I just want to be sure that the clinic I will go will use my husband's sample only.

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  11. Hi kumar

    What was the dosage given to you for paternia?

  12. Included a graph based on a research report by Human reproduction journal. Notice the fall in male fertility levels from 73.6 mil/ml to 49 mil/ml

    Worldwide trend .
    Research done on 26000 patients covering more than 120 fertility clinics.

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