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BCM - Baylor College of Medicine

Giving life to possible

Urology

Laboratory for Male Reproductive Research and Testing

Director: Dolores J. Lamb, Ph.D.

The Laboratory for Male Reproductive Research and Testing, located in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, is the country's largest clinical laboratory focused on male reproductive health. Proper diagnosis for suspected fertility problems begins with LMRRT testing. Many of the tests and techniques performed in the lab use proprietary methods developed in the LMRRT.

Semen analysis evaluates the number, movement, appearance, and general shape of the sperm.

Strict morphology test uses strict criteria or rules to measure the length, width and other parts of the sperm and calculate the number of sperm that are absolutely normal in shape.

Semen white blood cell immunoassay determines if there might be an infection or inflammation in the semen.

Immunobead assay detects anti-sperm antibodies found on sperm or in the seminal fluid that can interfere with fertilization.

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) test determines if the levels of ROS (oxidants or free radicals) are elevated in the semen.

DNA damage test evaluates the sperm DNA for breaks. Many sperm samples with normal values overall may still contain DNA abnormalities which can lead to embryo loss or poor fertilization results.

The experts in the Laboratory for Male Reproductive Research and Testing are revolutionizing their field through the creation of innovative tests and techniques that help couples overcome their fertility challenges and avoid unnecessary treatments, costs, and risks.

Your physician can provide you with more information about these tests. A physician prescription is required to schedule lab tests.