The guidelines below are very important for your accurate test results.
Please read carefully the guidelines you should follow for correct sample taking.
All urine samples should be collected into a clean and preferably sterile container with caps, which can be tighten securely. A clean catch collected during urination is sufficient for a routine test.
An early morning sample:
An early morning urine sample is appropriate for a routine urine test.
The following procedure should be followed to collect a urine sample.
If you need to urinate one hour before the final collection time, drink a full glass of water so that you can void again at the appropriate time. If you have to urinate 20 minutes before, try to hold the urine until the proper time.
Please note the exact time of the final collection, even if it is not the same time as when collection began on day 1.
The bottle(s) may be kept at room temperature for a day or two, but should be kept cool or refrigerated for longer periods of time.
The following instructions are very important in order to have correct Laboratory results. Please read the instructions carefully:
Sample taking, correct sample storage and submission, as well as fasting from food and drink for special tests are essential to get reliable Laboratory results.
Patients will often feel a quick 'pinch' when the needle is inserted, but there is no pain with the blood being drawn into the tube.
It will depend on the tests required. On average 5ml.
The phlebotomist will apply pressure to the puncture site once the needle is removed to help prevent any bruising, and a bandage will be applied to the puncture site.
An overnight fast is required for a number of laboratory tests. If your provider has instructed you to fast prior to the collection of your blood specimen, please follow these instructions to ensure optimal results.
How to collect a stool specimen at home:
You’ll need to refrain from any sexual activity for at least two days, but not more than 10 days before you collect your sample. This means no sex or no ejaculation of any kind, including masturbation. Longer or shorter periods of abstinence may result in a lower sperm count or decreased sperm motility. Samples produced after two days of abstinence will usually have the highest numbers of motile sperm with the greatest forward velocity, when compared to samples produced after shorter or longer abstinence. Some men think saving up all their sperm for the day of their test is what’s preferable, but waiting too long between ejaculates is a big mistake: Older sperm begin to die if ejaculations are infrequent and the percentage of live sperm decreases with increasing abstinence.
Clean up your act. No smoking, drinking, or drugs during the 10 days preceding you sperm collection (of course, you may want to consider these lifestyle changes even further in advance). Specific things that could affect the quality of your sperm sample include: