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OHIP card and doctor signed requisition required for your appointment.

 

Here are two different samples of doctor-signed requisition forms. Click to open an enlarged view.

 

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FlowLabs helps you by delivering the most thorough test results in the shortest amount of time. We adhere to best practices and utilize the most current tests and technologies available.

 

Semen Collection Instructions

FlowLabs has private, on-site collection rooms specifically designed for your comfort for collection of semen samples. Collecting at our facility limits the exposure of the sample to outside contaminates, temperature fluctuations, and controls the time between collection and analysis. A sample may be collected off-site in some circumstances if it can be delivered to the laboratory in an acceptable sterile container within 1 hour of collection. If your physician did not provide a specimen container you may obtain one at FlowLabs. Please call or e-mail the laboratory to arrange collection off-site.

Semen analysis requires an appointment. Remember to have your OHIP card and completed laboratory requisition form with you when you come to the laboratory. For clients without OHIP coverage payment in full is required on the day of your appointment.

We ask that you abstain from any form of ejaculation for 2 to 5 days before a semen collection.

 

 

Collection instructions:

  1. You must abstain from any form of ejaculation for 2-5 days before a
    semen collection.
  2. Inspect the sterile container to ensure that the seal has not been
    broken. If the container or seal is visibly broken or you suspect that
    the container is no longer sterile, please contact FlowLabs or the
    facility where you obtained the package, to get a new one.
  3. Label the collection container with your First and Last name and Date
    of Birth.
  4. The semen sample should be collected only after you have washed
    your hands and penis with soap and water, being sure to rinse away
    all soap reside.
  5. Dry your hands and penis thoroughly before collecting the sample.
  6. Collect the semen specimen by masturbation only (If you are using a
    collection condom, please refer to the note below), directly into the
    collection cup. One complete ejaculation is required. If a portion of the
    sample is lost during collection, please make a note of this and
    indicate it to the laboratory staff when dropping off the sample.
  7. Lubricants should not be used to aid in the collection as they may be
    toxic to sperm.
  8. Ensure that the entire sample is in the container and screw the lid of
    the container on tightly.
  9. Note the collection time on the container. This is very important.
  10. Place the sample in the biohazardous bag (provided) and place a
    folded copy of your requisition (completely filled out) and a copy of
    your OHIP card, in the outside pocket of the bag. Seal the bag and
    prepare to drop off sample to FlowLabs. Remember to keep the
    sample at body temperature.

Note: Condoms should not be used for semen collection because they contain agents that kill sperm. If you need to collect a sample by intercourse, you can purchase non-toxic condoms from our laboratory and use them for sample collection. If you collect a sample in this type of condom, place the whole condom into one of our sterile containers and bring it to the laboratory. Interrupted intercourse should not be performed for specimen collection as this may result in the loss of the most critical first portion of the ejaculate and the specimen may be contaminated with cells or bacteria from the vagina.

 

Drop off Instructions:

1. Place the sample bag (with requisition and OHIP card copy) in the small box labeled “Drop off” at the laboratory door. Please knock on the door or call over a staff member to ensure that they’ve seen the sample.

2. Lab staff will confirm all personal information and will instruct you if anything else needs to be done.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at orderdropoffkit@flowlabs.ca, ask the laboratory personnel on the day of your appointment or call our office with any concerns before the day of your appointment.

 

 

Locations

• Oshawa (117 King Street East, West Wing, Second Floor) Tel: 905 404
5454
• Downtown Toronto (790 Bay St, Suite 935) Tel: 416-581-8099
• Kingston (76 Stuart St, Kidd 5,22.5.009) Tel: 613-417-0444
• Mississauga North (2180 Meadowvale Blvd) Tel: 905 813 8600

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