The term Andrology is derived from the Greek word Andros, or man, and is the medical speciality that deals with problems of the male reproductive system.

Andrology Services

Andrology is an integral part of the Cellular Pathology Department.

We have a clinic at Burnley General Teaching Hospital and testing is held on an appointment basis.

We provide services to analyse semen samples and receive referrals from both internal and external sources for both fertility and post vasectomy sterilization specimens.

All the services we provide adhere to the current World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines- Examination and processing of human semen (5th edition, 2010) and Association of Biomedical Andrologist Guidelines- Laboratory Andrology Guidelines for Good Practice (Version 3- 2012).

Opening Times

Opening times at BGH are 8:00am-2:00pm- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The department is closed on Wednesdays.

Patient Information

Patient information leaflets can be viewed, downloaded and printed by using the links on this page.

Fertility Specimens

Fertility specimens are dealt with on an appointment basis only and are carried out daily.

Post vasectomy Specimens

Post vasectomy samples are dealt with on an appointment basis only. Repeat samples may be required until clearance is given by the referring Clinician.

 Key Personnel and Contact Information

 Appointments                                                                      01254 734380

Andrology Department                                                        01282 805409

 Reference Ranges

Reference ranges follow WHO) (5th edition, 2010). Ranges are available via the Clinician Guidelines hyperlink

 Turnaround times

We aim to have all cases reported back to the referring Clinician within 7 calendar days of receipt.

 Accreditation and Quality Assurance

The Andrology section holds UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the International Standard ISO 15189:2012 for Medical Laboratories

All specimens will be tested by State Registered Biomedical Scientists who are regularly competency assessed.

The laboratory participates in external quality assurance (UKNEQAS) every quarter, for fertility analysis. All qualified Biomedical Scientists participate in the scheme and their results are internally monitored.All qualified Biomedical Scientists participate in internal quality assurance on a monthly basis for fertility and post vasectomy analysis. The results from individuals are collated and monitored for inter-staff variability.

Useful resources for male fertility patients

Fertility Network UK

A National Charity to help couples experiencing fertility problems

Tel: 01424 732361


Men’s Fertility Support

A secure place for men only, to talk anonymously about fertility issues. This page is created for men to have an open say about how they find the IVF journey, IUI, ICSI or handling a relationship after miscarriage


How to improve my chances of becoming a Dad

General advice for lifestyle changes (e.g. smoking, alcohol, diet) and including further information -


NICE (National Institution for Health and Care Excellence) Guidance

All NICE information on fertility guidance, NICE pathways and quality Standards.


British Fertility Society

A series of Quick Guides to specialist areas of fertility assessment and treatment. Advice for sample production, help understanding results and much more.